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Stillman, J.D.B. (1819-1888); Leland Stanford (1824-1893); and Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) The Horse in Motion as Shown by Instantan

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3245T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: May 08, 2019 12:00PM


Stillman, J.D.B. (1819-1888); Leland Stanford (1824-1893); and Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) The Horse in Motion as Shown by Instantaneous Photography with a Study on Animal Mechanics. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882. First edition, large quarto, illustrated with 107 plates (including nine chromolithographs, five heliotypes, and ninety-eight lithographs), bound in full original pictorial black and gilt-stamped brown green cloth over boards, t.e.g., slightly decased, generally good, ex libris Lancaster library with bookplate and blind stamp to title, 12 x 9 in.

Leland Stanford wanted to settle a bet; $25,000 was on the line. Do all four hooves of a horse running at full gallop leave the ground completely? Eadweard Muybridge was called upon to isolate the action using photography. He designed an elaborate system that employed batteries of cameras connected to the fastest shutter mechanisms available, and produced the first successful sequence of images showing rapidly moving animals, and proof for Stanford's bet: a series of photographs that show horses liberated from the ground, poised gracefully in midair at mid-gallop. Stanford won the bet, and asked his personal physician, Jacob Davis Babcock Stillman, to analyze the photographs and write this book. Muybridge was barely credited for his contribution, but dedicated the rest of his life to capturing the details of motion normally cloaked by the limitations of human perception newly revealed by the use of well-timed photography.
Estimate $500-700

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