A Village Lost And Found

by Brian May

Frances Lincoln | January 10, 2013 | Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound |

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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.

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 9.06 × 12.2 × 1.57 in

Published: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0711230390

ISBN - 13: 9780711230392

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A Village Lost And Found

by Brian May

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 9.06 × 12.2 × 1.57 in

Published: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0711230390

ISBN - 13: 9780711230392

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Paul Balmer worked on this project with luthier John Diggins, who has built custom ''Jaydee'' guitars for Toni Iommi of Black Sabbath and Angus Young of AC/DC. Paul has written all previous books in the guitar manual series - in every case with John''s expert guidance - and is also the author of the Drum-Kit Manual. He lives near Corby in Northamptonshire.

Editorial Reviews

"While he is still involved in making music and has hinted that he and Queen's drummer, Roger Taylor, might reunite to play together again, he seems perfectly contented these days taking the stage behind a lectern, with a pair of reading glasses perched on his nose. Surveying the quietly admiring bookstore crowd in TriBeCa on Thursday night, he cleared his throat and deadpanned: "This isn't exactly Madison Square Garden, but I think it will do." -New York Times

"The work is the result of over 30 years of research, including the detective story aspect of discovering in 2003 the actual village that Williams photographed. Details about rural Victorian society, photographic equipment of the 1850s and the life of the enigmatic Williams himself promise to make this a major contribution to studies of the early history of stereography." Stereo World
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