377 pages, 25.4 x 31.9 cm, richly illustrated, bilingual French-English. 2001 Edition. Hard to find. The book is accompanied by a CDRom containing photos, films, and recordings of exceptional pieces, which makes it possible, for the first time ever, to actually see and hear rare mechanical singing bird automata in movement.
This richly illustrated 377 page book, printed in a bilingual French/English edition, provides an overview of the long and fascinating story of mechanical singing birds, as well as new and important biographical and historical information on makers such as Jaquet-Droz, Leschot, Frisard, Rochat, Bruguier, and many others. An indispensable reference work for specialists and collectors, it is also a beautiful book whose numerous color photographs of rare and important singing bird pieces will be appreciated by novices and connoisseurs alike. A must own for collectors.
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