Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1912.
Revised Edition. Hardcover. 8 1/2" X 6 7/8". xv, 340pp. Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. Dark blue cloth over boards, with goddess stamped in silver and black to upper board, holding a camera in one hand and spine lettered in silver. Mild edgewear to binding, with rubbing to extremities. Front hinge a touch tender. Binding remains sound. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1913, Berkeley, California. Occasional light foxing to pages throughout. Bookseller's ticket of Falconer Books of San Francisco to rear flyleaf.
This study on the development of early film technology is impressively comprehensive, with discussions of the first attempts at producing motion pictures, technical aspects, color animation, “pictures that move, talk, and sing,” and six chapters on “trick pictures” and special effects alone. These chapters are especially remarkable when considering cinematography’s young age at the time (less than three decades). With over one hundred illustrations throughout, this treatise on the motion picture recalls all the glamour and science of the cradle-years of film. A wonderful artifact of the early days of cinematography and a classic early text on film, appropriately bound in stunning, silver stamped publisher’s cloth. Very good. Item #5675