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Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914 Hardcover – 30 Jun 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709074034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709074038
  • Product Dimensions: 31.7 x 25 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,847,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christian Bailly, a member of the Union Francaise des Experts, is based in Paris and has collected and restored automata for over thirty years.


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Format: Hardcover
This book is simply a "must have" for any collector, dealer or enthusiast of dolls, automaton, mechanics. Stunning illustrations and descriptions throughout.

Contents Include:
The Automata Industry of Paris
The Master Automaton-Makers
Theroude
Bontems
Vichy
Roullet & Decamps
Phalibois
Lambert
Renou
Inside the Magic
Restoration
Functions and Mechanisms
Musical Movements
Makers' Catalogues in Facsimile
Vichy / Triboulet
Roullet & Decamps
Lambert
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d447ca8) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x8d271228) out of 5 stars Back in print! THE seminal work on automata! 17 Dec. 2004
By Willow Polson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you have a true passion for Victorian automata, this is a must-have book... in fact, this may be the only book you need. Bailly covers all the major manufacturers of the era, including Vichy, Roullet, Decamps, Phalibois, and more in this hefty oversize tome. Each chapter details everything about the master automaton makers, including the company history and ephemera, diagrams of the inner workings and mechanisms, what the original keys look like for that company, dates of manufacture for various models, and what set the companies apart from each other.

Perhaps even more fascinating is section 3, "Inside the Magic", which offers photographs of more internal mechanisms, explains how they work complete with movement diagrams, shows how an automaton is properly restored, provides information about musical movements, and much more.

Copiously illustrated throughout with loads of fantastic full color images of period automata, most of which are in beautiful original condition or superbly restored. There are also perhaps hundreds of black & white photos and illustrations, including copies of period catalog pages from three of the larger companies (Vichy, Roullet & Decamps, and Lambert).

Prior to its re-release, the original printing of this book was approaching the $1000 mark on the used market, and if you take a look inside you'll understand why. Nothing else like it has ever been produced or likely ever will -- this glorious celebration of the golden age of automata will have you spellbound for many years to come. Leave it on your coffee table and watch your guests become entranced!
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HASH(0x8d271288) out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece 29 April 2013
By danny boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are into Automata, this is the must-have reference book. It meticulously details the chronological growth of the Automata industry centred in France (and Switzerland) and gives numerous terrific examples of the pieces from the various key automata makers, all in glorious full colour.There are also good introductory sections on the technical mechanisms that are part of the animation process. There are reproduced pages of old catalogs from these makers which add to the historical value of this reference book.
HASH(0x8d2716c0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Aug. 2014
By Jane Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you can afford it you don't need to ask how much it cost. Get one and treasure it.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d2716a8) out of 5 stars New edition printed on Gold Leaf? 18 April 2012
By HypnoToad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Back in print, but for who I wonder: Every listing I see for this book is grand or more, I can't believe there could possibly be any content worth 1800 dollars.

I would like to review this book, but who the hell can afford 1800$ for one book? ahh I see, the new edition was printed on gold leaf...

I gave it one star to protest the ridicuosly high price.
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