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. Later binding of quarter blue morocco and cloth with the spine in six compartments and title label in gilt. The original printed paper wrappers are moderately soiled and bound-in. Occasional scattered foxing. SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the blank leaf. A very good copy. Item #52097
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.
Marey's work was closely followed by his friend, Nadar (Gaspard-Felix Tournachon). In his autobiography, QUAND J'ÉTAIS PHOTOGRAPHE, beginning on p. 193, Nadar speaks of a visitor to his studio, Maunier DeFlore, "The Bee Tamer", who had presented his calming effects upon them in exhibitions in Marseille and Brussels. In chapter 14 of LE MOUVEMENT, Locomotion Dans L'Air: Vol des Insects, Marey illustrated the movement of the bee's wings while in flight. He had devised an intricate study where he tied a bee to a string allowing its wings free movement while one touched a rotating cylinder covered with a lightly blackened paper, enabling his graphic methodology. Coincidentally, Nadar referred to Marey's laboratory as "the beehive."
This copy of LE MOUVEMENT is SIGNED and inscribed, " a Maunier DeFlore, hommage.... E. Marey."
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