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Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion

Boston Public Library

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Eadweard Muybridge's "Animal locomotion : An electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1872-1885" was published by the University of Pennsylvania in 1887. The eleven volume set consisted of 781 plates printed by the Photogravure Company of New York.

The images include studies of nude men and women in remarkable stopped-action photographs by a pioneering master photographer. Essential for artists, animators, photographers, cinematographers, or anyone interested in the mechanics of people in motion.

The Boston Public Library's copy of "Animal locomotion" is missing plates 281, 321, 345-348, 431, 529 and 551. These plates were not present when volumes were transferred to the Rare Books Department.

A copy of Muybridge's Prospectus and Catalogue of Plates is available through the Internet Archive.

Additional information about the role of the University of Pennsylvania in Muybridge's animal locomotion studies is available through the University Archives.

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