on sale, automata in the catalogue of Silber and Fleming c1885

on sale, SOTHEBY'S 1993 A SELECTION OF ITEMS, including the Snake Charmer

on sale, SOTHEBY'S 1997 A SELECTION OF ITEMS

on sale, CHRISTIE'S 2000 A SELECTION OF ITEMS

 

BOOKLIST FOR AUTOMATA AND THE MECHANO-HUMANOID

Mary Hillier, Automata and Mechanical Toys, Bloomsbury London 1988 (1976) good general introduction

Steven Connor, Dumbstruck A Cultural History of Ventriloquism, OUP Oxford 200 and a fine study of the creepiness of it all. See also Danny Kaye in Knock on Wood.

Daniel Tiffany, Toy Medium, Materialism and Modern Lyric University of California Press, berkeley and London 2000, a broad and well structured argument about the materiality of things, and with wsections on the Philosophy of Toys.

Harold Segel, Pinocchio's Progeny, Puppets, marionettes, Auotmata and Robots in Modernist and Avant-garde Drama, The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1995

Scott Shershow, Puppets and 'Popular Culture' Cornell Universoty Press, Ithaca and London 1995.

S. Bann (ed) Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity, Reaktion, London 1994

Richard Kendall, Degas and the Little Dancer, Yale, New Haven 1998, an exhibition catalogue for Baltimore and others.