1907 The Human Figure in Motion, Mubridge

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FULL TITLE: The human figure in motion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of muscular actions

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Written by Muybridge, Eadwear (Edward James Muggeridge), 1830-1904

Printed by London: Chapman & Hall, 1907.



[Anatomy, Art, Early Cinema] Muybridge, Eadwear. The human figure in motion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of muscular actions. London: Chapman & Hall, 1907. Third Impression, in-folio, oblong, portrait, 255 of 277 pgs.; appendix with facsimile subscriber signatures; 233 of 255 photographic plates. Burgundy cloth boards, gold gilt imprint, and previous paper ownership label on the front board.

"Eadweard Muybridge is remembered today for his pioneering photographic studies of motion, which ultimately led to the development of cinema." This groundbreaking book on human motion contains 233 (of 255) plates with sequential images of men, women, and children performing various movements and tasks. For a biography and a synopsis of the importance of Muybridge's work, see the animated short by the San Francisco Museum of Modern, Slices of Time: Eadweard MMuybridge'sCinematic Legacy Art.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNU7sXkZmSw&ab_channel=SanFranciscoMuseumofModernArt.

Muybridges's books were important reference tools for artists and other creatives. This copy was owned by the artist Studios of Stanford Briggs Inc.(Research Department), and it likely met with extensive use there, culminating in its current condition. Though worn and missing plates, it is an excellent choice for those seeking a cheaper copy of this masterwork on motion or those seeking an art project using the remaining plates. 

CONDITION: Poor condition, back board detached, front board barely attached, spine cloth cover absent, front and back boards with lacks and other damages, corners bumped; text block is still mostly intact, though loose and splitting, many pages loose and some missing, paper flaking. Missing plates/pages: 17, 31, 35, 53, 63, 65, 67, 75, 89, 127, 175, 177, 179, 215, 223, 225, 237, 243, 245, 247, 249, 265. 

TOTAL LENGTH: 255 of 277 pgs, including 233 of 255 unnumbered plates; 25 x 31 cm