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Paris, John Ayrton. Philosophy in sport made science in earnest; being an attempt to illustrate the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of popular toys and sports. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1827 [Brattleboro, VT: Optical Toys, 1995]. 12mo (15.3 cm, 6.02"). 28 pp. (incl. pr. wrappers). $95.00
"This is a faithful reproduction of a set produced in France over 100 years ago": Modern facsimile of the chapter on thaumatropes from the first edition of Dr. Paris's Philosophy in Sport, => accompanied by 14 working examples and instructions for their use. The 1827 text uses an elaborate fictional frame story about the Seymour family and friends to teach about conducting experiments and examining scientific principles via "the common toys which have been invented for the amusement of youth" (p. 25), including the thaumatrope, or wonder turner — a spinning-disk optical illusion serving as an early form of animation, and often considered a part of cinematic history. The French "jeu du thaumatrope" set reproduced here was originally published circa 1891; 12 of the present thaumatropes have preprinted illustrations, while two have been left blank for a user to decorate.
Provenance: Inside box lid with bookplate of Vance Gerry of the Weather Bird Press; later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, with small booklabel ("AHA").
Publisher's printed paper wrappers, housed in the original printed paper–covered box with color-printed "Jeu du Thaumatrope" illustration; box edges and corners with minor rubbing. => Booklet and toys clean, absolutely fresh, and ready for fresh experimentation! (40819) Please RESHELVE This.
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