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Book - 'A Mere Phantom', 'The Magic Lantern', Houlston & Sons, 1877 Document Reg. No: ST 042233

Summary:
Book entitled 'The Magic Lantern: How to Buy and How to Use it, Also How to Raise a Ghost'. It is a practical guide to the magic lantern and its accessories. It covers such topics as the use and history of the magic lantern, types and preparation of illuminants and the various lantern slides available.

The author of the book is not named, however, it was published by the family business of Houlston & Sons, Paternoster Square, London.

This book is part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.
Description:
Book with board covers, consisting of 96 pages. The cover features an image of what appears to be an exotic looking magician using a magic lantern. An imp is shown as an assistant.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 180 mm (Height), 130 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: magic lanterns, lantern slides
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Francis Collection
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Image Viewing - Magic Lanterns
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Title on cover:
THE/MAGIC LANTER/HOW/TO BUY/AND/HOW TO USE IT/ALSO/HOW TO RAISE A /GHOST/BY/"A MERE PHANTOM"

At lower margin of cover:
LONDON/HOULSTON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

On front paper (handwritten):
H M Palmer/Given to me by Dick

On title page (handwritten):
M Waterstrom
Publisher: Houlston & Sons, London, England, Great Britain, 1877
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1990

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