Books or artefacts?

Clever people do clever things with the format of books all the time, usually creating something that is as much artefact as book. S., by J J Abrams and Doug Dorst, for instance:

S by Abrams and Dorst

Or the recently published limited edition of Chang-rae Lee’s novel, On Such a Full Sea, which comes in a 3D printed white slipcase (more details, and a video here):

chang-rae-lee-3D-book-cover-slipcase

But such innovation is far from a modern phenomenon. In fact, a book bound in Germany in the 16th century far outclasses anything I have seen produced in the 21st century. Behold! The magical book that opens six ways!

dos a dos book

This book is held by the National Library of Sweden, who have shared their photos of this book and more over on Flickr.