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Christian Bailly

Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914

Sotheby's Publications


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Deluxe signed limited first edition of Bailly's Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914, an important study of the history of automation devices with detailed chapters on the Paris automata industry and the master automation artists of the time: Theroude, Bontems, Vichy, Roullet & Descamps, Phalibois, Lambert and Renou.

  • Christian Bailly (French).
  • Hand-painted drawing by Madame Andree Kiefer (French Canadian).
  • London: Published for Sotheby's Publications by P. Wilson Publishers; New York, NY: Distributed in the USA by Sotheby's Publications, Harper and Row, 1987.
  • 360 pages.
  • Includes over 120 pages containing facsimile reproductions of the master automation artists' catalogs, and with a chapter on the technical aspects of automata including mechanisms, musical movements and restoration.
  • Limited to 25 copies, this is number 2.
  • Inscribed by Philip and Sharon Bailly on the limitation page.
  • Included with the book is an original pen, ink and watercolor drawing by Madame Andree Kiefer as stated on the limitation page.
  • Bound in full red morocco leather with raised bands on spine with gold gilt titling and decorations, blind-tooled and gilt covers with a rose vine motif surrounding an inlay of an original hand-painted miniature by Madame Andree Kiefer, the back cover features a center gold stamped illustration, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
  • Housed in the original matching morocco leather edged open-ended slipcase.
Condition Report
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Book shows no obvious signs of wear or use.

Some rubbing to the top edge of the leather closure.

Height: 12 inches / 30.48 cm
Width: 10 inches / 25.4 cm
Signed, First Edition
Art, Fine bindings, Drawings and watercolours, Modern first editions
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