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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 ...

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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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"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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780711230392
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: Two-volume, slip cased with stereoscope
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Balmer worked on this project with luthier John Diggins, who has built custom 'Jaydee' guitars for Toni Iommi of Black Sabbath and Angus Young of AC/DC. Paul has written all previous books in the guitar manual series - in every case with John's expert guidance - and is also the author of the Drum-Kit Manual. He lives near Corby in Northamptonshire.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    A Village Lost and Found

    If you ever want to be cast back in time to a working village in 1850's England then this book is a must. With its 3D viewer (provided with the book) It is as if you, the viewer, are standing in the foreground watching people from a long ago era going about their daily lives. Brian May and Elena Videl have brought to the public eye, through hard work and research, the Village of Little Hinton in Oxfordshire. The stereoscopic pictures origionally taken by T.R.Williams have been very carefully preserved and reprinted in this magnificent book. In some instances, some of the old buildings still stand or parts of them. Records of people who lived in the village have been recorded. By reading this book one begins to feel part of the village and its way of life. It is a rare opportunity to see in three dimension how a village and its people lived and worked years ago. The beautiful thatched cottages, The Manor House, the countryside and of course the people, some people working in the fields during harvesting, some drawing water from a pump, others working in gardens and fields.

    It is amazing how T.R.Williams managed to take two consecutive pictures while keeping his subjects very still. Two pictures of the same unmoving subject being necessary to make the picture three dimentional. I particularly like the picture of "Tummus", a young boy standing beside what might be a pig sty. He appears to be curious yet shy. I expect it was quite an unusual experience to have ones picture taken all those years ago. His face reflects curiosity and wonder yet must have stayed very still for a few moments long enough for T.R.Williams to capture his smiling face.

    I am so fascinated with this wonderful book that I have bought many copies for friends and family. I loved the layout of the book and the beautiful colorful pictues. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see how life was like in a small village in the 1850's. I guarantee you will spend many happy hours, as I do, reflecting on a way of life so different to life today.

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