Based on 30 years of research, Brian May''s painstaking
excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of
photography transports readers to the lost world of an Oxfordshire
village of the 1850s. At the book''s heart is a reproduction of T.
R. Williams'' 1856 series of stereo photographs, "Scenes In Our
Village." Using the viewer supplied with this book, the reader can
become absorbed in a village idyll of the early Victorian era: the
subjects seem to be on the point of suddenly bursting back into
life and continuing with their daily rounds. The book is also
something of a detective story, as the village itself was only
identified in 2003 as Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire, and the
authors'' research constantly reveals further clues about the
society of those distant times, historic photographic techniques,
and the life of the enigmatic Williams himself, who appears,
Hitchcock-like, from time to time in his own photographs.