Books and Ephemera

The Golden Age of Automata – Bailly. Hardback, 360 pages, 245X315mm. Published by Hale 2003. Out of Print and scarce this copy in NEW condition. Profusely illustrated.

Essential reference work for researchers and collectors.

In Automata: The Golden Age, Christian Bailly begins with a depiction 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, to present a reference of inestimable value.Perhaps even more fascinating is section 3, “Inside the Magic”, which offers photographs of internal mechanisms, explains how they work complete with movement diagrams, shows how an automaton is restored, provides 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 catalogues.

£325 including postage to UK/Europe.

Other books available include:

Le Monde des Automates, Chapuis & Gelis, 2nd edition, 2 vols, 1984, £450

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

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