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Bury, T. T. (Thomas Talbot), 1811-1877.

Fantascope : 2nd series / by T.T. Bury.

London : Ackermann & Co., 96 Strand, 1833.
Physical Description:
6 phenakistoscope discs ; each 25 cm, in case 26 x 26 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 B8+ Oversize
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Each phenakistoscope disc features a series of images that appear to move when the disk is spun and viewed through the slots before a mirror. Invention of the device is attributed to Joseph Plateau in 1833.
Title from publisher's illustrated case label.
Imprint from leaf of instructions mounted on inside front cover of case.
Issued with a handle made of wood and ivory.
"No. I. Series by Professor Plateau of Brussels, 12s. II. Series by T.T. Bury, 12 s. III. Series by T.M. Baynes, 10s. A looking glass and box may be had separate, price 8s. extra."--Instructions leaf.
Selected exhibitions: “The Cottage of Content : or, Toys, Games, and Amusements of Nineteenth Century England" (Yale Center for British Art, November 2 - December 31, 1977); “Pleasures and Pastimes" (Yale Center for British Art, February 21 - April 29, 1990).
Cottage of content, or, Toys, games, and amusements of nineteenth century England, 24
Fairman, Elisabeth R. Pleasures and pastimes, 52
Subject Terms:
Phenakistoscopes -- Specimens.
Optical toys.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1833.
Lithographs -- Hand-colored -- 1833.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Plateau, Joseph Antoine Ferdinand, 1801-1883.
Ackermann and Co., publisher.

  • The discs illustrate: A juggler
  • A man and woman dancing
  • A man on a bicycle
  • A woman beating a man with a stick
  • A bell ringer in a belfry
  • A horse jumping a hoop together with an acrobat.

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