A metamorphosis is a printed document with flaps that, as the reader unfolds them, transform the original illustration into a new one. Here’s an example:
Now with the top flaps opened:
Now with the bottom flaps opened:
As the cover says, this metamorphosis was intended for children, and in typical nineteenth-century fashion, it teaches a rather serious lesson. Here is the final set of pictures:
This metamorphosis was originally printed in Harrisburg by G. S. Peters. Our copy is a reprint created and distributed by Kirke Bryan as part of his annual Christmas mailing. Mr. Bryan was a printer as well as president of the Historical Society from 1943 to 1950.