A Village Lost And Found

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

byBrian May

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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.

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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...

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Format:Boxed Set/Slip Case/CaseboundDimensions:240 pages, 12.25 × 9.25 × 1.6 inPublished:January 10, 2013Publisher:Frances LincolnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0711230390

ISBN - 13:9780711230392

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected! I bought it for myself, remembering the pleasure of stereographic pictures when I was a child, and the continuous love for small villages.  It is better than I expected, and I have already ordered further copies for gifts as it is a lovely present with its packaging in top of the wonderful content.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely surprise I ordered this book online thinking it would be a nice way to spend a winter afternoon, and got a surprise when I received a very large package. It is actually a boxed set of an oversized hardcover book (about 32 by 24 cm) as well as a sturdy plastic stereoscope, which was like an early ViewMaster. Inside the book, each of the large tinted photos is accompanied by a set of stereoscopic pictures which, when viewed together, provide you with a sort of Magic Eye 3D effect. The photos show a lovely little English town and nearby farms, and show architectural details, and a number of people and their clothing styles, at their daily tasks. This book and stereoscope would make a wonderful gift set for anyone who loves old photos and is interested in 19th century England.
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"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