Paris: G. Masson, éditeur, Librairie de l'Académie de Médecine, 1894. Marey. First edition. 8vo., 335 pp., with three leaves of plates, one folding. The text is further illustrated with 214 drawings, charts, graphs, and from b&w photographs. The original printed paper wrappers and spine have been professionally lifted and restored, with a few small chips lacking from the corners, with a previous owner's signature on the front wrapper and the oval ex-libris stamp of Marcel Bekus on the inside front wrapper. Text block unopened. Signed and inscribed by the author. Very good. Item #30752
This title is one of the most famous works of Marey, and the culmination of 30 years of research into the scientific applications of motion-analysis. He further developed animated photography into a separate field of chronophotography, with his revolutionary idea to record several phases of movement on one photographic surface. His research on how to capture and display moving images had a profound influence upon Thomas Edison and Luis Lumière in the emerging field of cinematography. It is not without merit that this work is often credited as the first book on cinematography. See: Mannoni, Laurent, WHO'S WHO OF VICTORIAN CINEMA. Additionally, a fire destroyed a portion of the publisher's stock of this title.
This copy is INSCRIBED by Marey on the first blank leaf to Dr. Chartier, whose signature is on the front wrapper.
Marcel Bekus, 1888 -1939, was born in Warsaw and studied engineering, his lifelong profession. He amassed a large library of books on medicine, science and the politics of the Russian and French revolutions.
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