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Beautifully packaged stereo card series with stereoscope,
This review is from: A Village Lost and Found: "Scenes in Our Village" by T. R. Williams. An Annotated Tour of the 1850s Series of Stereo Photographs (Hardcover)
This beautiful book collects a complete series of 1850s stereo views, all from in and around one small English village. May and Vidal have done considerable research, both to track down the best examples of each card (which were sold in many versions, tinted and untinted, throughout the 1850s and 60s), and to find the locations from which each card was shot.
TR Williams, the photographer, posed each shot carefully; although they appear by the standards of the time to be candids, they are obviously not; many of the same props appear in different photos, for example. Nevertheless, the effect of the 3d is to put you right into the image and I think May is right in his view that this is one of the finest of all stereo series.
The book is magnificent; a large book in solid slip case, with first rate colour printing throughout. The stereoscope is much better than any other I've ever seen bundled with a book. I'm not very knowledgable about lenses and so on, but I found it easy to use and well designed.
The views are enchanting; I am in any case transported by early stereo (the picture that got me hooked on stereo was one of the 1851 Crystal Palace -- perhaps even one of TR Williams' views as he did a whole series). Many of these views are brilliantly clear and the scenes leap to life. The printing is very good; it's fair to say that most Victorian cards that I've seen are not as clear as the reproductions in this book. The depth of scholarship and the painstaking work to establish history, camera structure and alternate views is also very evident.
This is by some margin the loveliest 3d book I own, though I am not a collector. It would be good value at £35 and is astonishing value at £21.
If you are known to be a fan of stereo photography, then beware; I have already had three conversations with friends and relatives who were thinking of buying me this for Christmas, and I am now very concerned to round up the rest. Perhaps Amazon needs to have an 'anti-wishlist' for things your family are likely to buy you but which you already own.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2010 09:57:55 GMT
D. A. Hardy says:
21 pounds??? It's price is from 75 to 85 pounds above! :-( Where can I get it for 21 -- or even 35?
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2010 10:16:19 GMT
Alison Scott says:
The first edition sold rather better than they were expecting so it's sold out. They're reprinting I believe -- if you look at Brian May's blog there'll probably be more information.
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