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The Human Figure in Motion : A Source Book of Sequential Action Images by a Master Photographer

Muybridge, Eadweard; Masterson, B. L.

Published by Bonanza Books, New York, N.Y., 1989
ISBN 10: 0517641070 / ISBN 13: 9780517641071
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Title: The Human Figure in Motion : A Source Book ...

Publisher: Bonanza Books, New York, N.Y.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Eadweard Muybridge (Photographer)

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition


Collectible * First Printing (full letter line starts at A and goes to H) Bonanza Books. Hardcover in Vg + condition in a Very Good + condition. The book has 3 minor issues; one page in book was creased, there is a tiny lump on front board (1/2") and a tiny circular scrape on rear board (1/4"), otherwise very tight and unmarked inside. The dust jacket is shiny and intact with a slight corner wear on one corner on back and a wrinkling on back of dj near the foot of the spine, and price intact, non-clipped. 189 pages printed on one side with a section in the back called Miscellaneous Phases of the Human Figure in Motion in a series of 89 panels, reproduced on the same scale as originally published in "Animal Locomotion". Bookseller Inventory # 001025

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This is the largest selection ever made from the famous Muybridge sequence high-speed photographs of human motion. Containing 4,789 photographs, it illustrates some 163 different types of action: elderly man lifting log, woman sweeping, woman climbing ladder, men boxing and wrestling, child crawling, man lifting weight, man jumping, and 155 other types of action, some of which are illustrated by as many as 62 different photographs.
Taken at speeds ranging up to 1/6000th of a second, these photographs show bone and muscle positions against ruled backgrounds. Almost all subjects are undraped, and all actions are shown from three angles: front, rear, and three-quarter view.
These historic photographs, one of the great monuments of nineteenth-century photography, are reproduced original size, with all the clarity and detail of the originals. As a complete thesaurus of human action, it has never been superseded. Muybridge was a genius of photography, who had unlimited financial, technical, and scientific backing at the University of Pennsylvania. This volume presents the final selection from more than 100,000 negatives made at an expenditure of more than $50,000. It has never been superseded as a sourcebook for artists, students, animators, and art directors.
"An unparalleled dictionary of action for all artists, photographers." ? American Artist.
"Impressive and valuable collection." ? Scientific American.

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