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Books on Automata

Automata The Golden Age 1848-1914 – Bailly. Hardback, 360 pages, 245X315mm. Published by Hale, 2nd Edition, 2003. Out of print this copy is in NEW condition. Colour illustrated.

Essential reference work for researchers and collectors.

In Automata: The Golden Age, Christian Bailly begins in the Marais district of mid-19th-century Paris, where French automaton-makers lived and worked. There follow the little-known histories of the seven leading makers, from their establishment mid-century to the decline of production after the First World War. Here, for the first time, names, dates, and chronologies are accurately established, with contemporary photographs of the makers and their workshops. There are photographs of internal mechanisms, showing how they work complete with movement diagrams and a section on how an automaton is restored, information about musical movements etc. In addition, more than 150 automata are photographed in colour, with many more depicted in facsimile pages from the original makers catalogues.

£225 including postage to UK/Europe.

Other books available include:

Automata The Golden Age 1848-1914 – Bailly, as above but a Ist edition. Published by Sotheby’s 1987, Fair used condition with dustjacket. £270.

L’age D’or des Automates (Automata The Golden Age 1848-1914) – Bailly, identical to above but text in French. Very good condition with dustjacket. £125.

York Museum of Automata Catalogue, Paperback, A4, 80 pages, Andrea Robertson, scarce. Excellent illustrated history and pictorial tour of this important collection which closed to the public in 1996. £50

Le Monde des Automates, Chapuis & Gelis, 2nd edition, 2 vols, 1984, £450. (1st Edition in half  leather also available, details on application).

Automata at Bagatelle, Paperback. Very good condition, 1993 Major Exhibition Catalogue, 144 pages, 8.5 x 9.5 in size, Paperback. Includes colour photographs of automata on every page and English text. £50