First published in 2004. This set of 3 volumes collects together for the first time rare and scattered material on the history of pre-cinema. It includes articles on stereoscopic photography; the use of kaleidoscopes; optical illusions; theatre design; magic lanterns and mirrors; shadow theatre, and much more. The articles are taken from sources such as The Magazine of Science, The Art Journal, The British Journal of Photography, Scientific American, American Journal of Science and Arts, and The Mirror. Volume 3 includes the area of Movement in Two Dimensions- a study of the animated and projected pictures which preceded the invention of cinematography.

part |136 pages

Movement in Two Dimensions

chapter 1|12 pages

Mirrors and Magic

chapter 2|24 pages

Peepshows and Panoramas

chapter 3|12 pages

Far Eastern Shadows

chapter 4|7 pages


chapter 5|14 pages

The Chinese Shades

chapter 6|19 pages

Dissolving Views

chapter 7|19 pages

Living Models

chapter 8|16 pages

The Persistence of Vision