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Illustrated metamorphosis


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Handmade, color illustrated booklet with overlaps, also known as a metamorphosis. Used for teaching morals to children near the mid-nineteenth century. The metamorphosis booklets can each portray three different scenes. Each booklet is made of a long strip of paper folded vertically so that the two shorter ends meet in the middle to create two flaps. By raising the top flap or lowering the bottom one, a new scene is created.

On the left side of the first booklet, Adam and Eve are depicted being tempted by a snake, as Eve transforms into a mermaid. The right side of the first booklet shows a lion's transformation into a griffin, which subsequently transforms into an eagle with a baby grasped between its talons. The second booklet is a continuation of the story, and the baby who was once the eagle's prey is now a successful man with gold and silver. He is of the impression no worldly cares can bother him, until the last flap shows a skeleton hovering over him on his deathbed and reads, "O! Man now see thou art but Dust, Thy Gold & Silver is but Rust, Time now is come thy Glass is spent, What worldly cares can Death prevent."

Box 69, F0981: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Gift of Mrs. William Ingram in memory of University of Delaware alumn Leroy Greenleaf Brinton, 1979.

Processed and encoded by George Apodaca, November 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2015 November 10
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Collection Inventory

Illustrated metamorphosis.
Box 69 Folder F0981

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