Movement in Two Dimensions: A Study of the Animated and Projected Pictures Which Preceded the Invention of Cinematography - Olive CookLondon: Hutchinson, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, with a closed tear to the top corner of the upper panel and heavily tanned and spotted on the verso. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting, mostly to the start and finish.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “This is the age of Cinerama and Telstar. The man in the street can record his summer holiday with a movie camera almost as simple to use as a box Brownie. Moving pictures provide daily entertainment and information for millions. Yet the earliest silent films were first marvelled at by men and women alive today: the history of cinematography is still brief enough to be spanned by a lifetime. And before that…?
This book is concerned with before that — an enthralling story stretching back many hundreds of years. Leading up to the achievements of the modern screens are a host of ingenious means which man has devised to amaze and entertain his fellows with animated pictures.
Illusions created by print s and magicians, the camera obscura, the shadow shows of the Far East, magic lanterns, peepshows — these are just a few of the many intriguing forms man’s invention has taken to convey movement in two dimensions.
Here is no dull catalogue of fusty gimmicks and gadgets, but a story which moves from the pictures to the people who made and enjoyed them, illuminating a small but bright facet of social history. Careful research and the author’s delight in her subject have combined to make this book as lively as its theme.
Olive Cook is married to the well-known photographer Edwin Smith, who has taken most of the pictures for this book. Some of them will arouse nostalgia. Others will open the reader’s eyes to an unfamiliar and charming world of entertainment.”