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Advert for J.D.B. Stillman "the Horse In Motion, As Shown By Instantaneous Photography," (London: Trubner and Co., 1882)
Magazine page, advert
Advert in Trubner's American and Oriental Literary Record Nos.171-172, New Series, Vol.III, Nos.1-2, February 1882, p.52.
Royal 4to. cloth, pp. viii. and 127. Price £3 3s.
THE HORSE IN MOTION,
AS SHOWN BY INSTANTANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY.
With A Study On Animal Mechanics, Founded On The Revelations Of The Camera, In Which is Demonstrated The True Theory Of Quadrupedal Locomotion.
By J. D. B. STILLMAN, A.M., M.D.
Executed and Published under the auspices of LELAND STANFORD.
With over One Hundred Heliotype and other Plates.
English Copyright Edition.
This work is the outcome of a series of experiments with the camera undertaken by the direction and at the opaa of Leland Stanford, the War Governor of California, and now President of the Central Pacific Railroad. The experiments were commenced some years since with a single camera, to get an instantaneous view of a famous trotter in rapid motion; they were afterwards continued with an increasing number until twenty-four cameras were employed giving as many views of the horse in a single stride at intervals of one foot. These experiments were extended to other quadrupeds, such as oxen, deer, dogs, etc.
The numerous photographs of horses in all their paces and all possible positions were placed in the hands of a gentleman selected for the work, to make them intelligible. Every facility was furnished him that unlimited wealth could command; valuable horses were sacrificed for anatomical purposes when required, and the aid of the best artistic talent was secured to delineate the new and important facts brought to light.
The whole is now presented in this volume, illustrated by nine chromo plates and more than one hundred heliotypes and photo-lithographs, and more than one thousand figures. The author has been enabled to demonstrate the theory of quadrupedal locomotion, which is as simple as it is beautiful, and which makes the most extraordinary movement as harmonious as a musical note. This work cannot fail to revolutionize the conventional ideas of animal locomotion as fast as the facts become known. It is the most important contribution to animal mechanics and art that has appeared for many years, if ever.
LONDON: TRUBNER & CO., 57 And 59, LUDGATE HILL.
[It is interesting to note in retrospect that Muybridge is not mentioned in this advertisement.]