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...with the production of turn-up or metamorphosis books, also called “harlequinades” because the popular stage character Harlequin often appeared as the main character. These small books, with limited text, were illustrated volumes produced from a single, printed sheet, folded perpendicularly into four. The sheets were hinged at the top and bottom of each fold and the picture was cut through horizontally across the center to make two flaps that could be opened up or down. When the flap was raised, a new picture was formed. Harlequinades became popular in the late...