Scope and Content
Title: Lothar Meggendorfer Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1888-1943
Collection number: 1539
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
5 oversize boxes
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) was a illustrator for Fliegende Blätter and Münchener Bilderbogen. During the late 1800s,
he began designing and illustrating mechanical piture-books for children, and is considered the creator and chief innovator
of moveable toy books. The collection consists of manuscripts and proofs of illustrations, covers, texts, and two books created
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[Identification of item], Lothar Meggendorfer Papers (Collection 1539). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Meggendorfer was born on November 6, 1847 in Munich, Germany; after technical art studies, he became an illustrator for Fliegende
Blätter and Münchener Bilderbogen; during the late 1800s, he began designing and illustrating mechanical piture-books for
children; is considered the creator and chief innovator of moveable toy books; publications include
Immer Lustig!: ein Ziehbilderbuch (ca. 1886) and
All alive: a moveable toybook (ca. 1894); he died in 1925 in Munich.
Meggendorfer was born on November 6, 1847 in Munich, Germany. Most of the books he illustrated were mechanical books for children,
but Meggendorfer's humorous illustrations also appeared in conventional books and in the humor periodicals of Fliegende Blatter
and the Munchener Bilderbogen. What distinguished Lothar Meggendorfer's books and what has come to be regarded as his genius
was his ability to create mechanical books with intricate
and realistic movements that had both humor or grace. Most of his mechanicals are tab operated with as many as 6 hinged pieces
moving simultaneously; some are slatted mechanisms whereby the upper illustration magically dissolves to reveal a new and
related illustration. Some have revolving discs and one has a three-dimensional head exposed through a hole in the pages.
The most fabulous and elaborate books are his Internationaler Circus and Das Puppenhaus (The Doll's House). These ingenious
pop-out panoramas deceptively present themselves as simple book -size objects when closed, only to become astonishing multi-dimensional
detailed fold-out panoramas. Because he was so successful in his own lifetime, the demand for his books was great. Many of
Meggendorfer's books went into to several printings and were published in England, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and even a
few in the United States. In addition, it was not uncommon to find the same mechanical illustration used in different books.
By the time that he died in 1925 in Munich, he had illustrated more than 100 books.
Lothar Meggendorfer The Master of Moveable Books for Children http://www.alephbet.com/meggendo.html [13 November 1998]
Scope and Content
Collection consists of manuscripts and proofs of illustrations, covers, texts, and two books of Lothar Meggendorfer, children's
book illustrator and designer of moveable toy books. Includes the books
Im stadtpark, and
Lustige zoologie. Manuscripts and proofs include
Aus der Kinderstube,
Da musst du Lachen,
Die fidele Onkel,
Die Frau Bas,
Die lustige Tante,
Ein mal eins ist eins,
Für die Allerkleinsten,
Gigerl's Freud und Leid,
In grosspapa's garten,
Lach mit mir!,
Shau mich an!,
Viel Kopf viel Sinn,
Von früh bis spat, and
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.