Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny: A Grand Collection of Carte de Visites Acquired from Various & Sundry Locations Documenting the Brief Period of Automatons & Mechanical Marvels from the Collection of Mr. E. Bateman
Place Published: Salt Lake City
Publisher: Mr. E. Bateman
Date Published: 2009
Edition: First edition
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 48326
SIGNED. A collection of 21 "automatons" or "mechanical brides" carte de visites by digital wizard E. Bateman. [11 cm x 8 cm] Each of the 21 CDVs is unique and contains a unique backstamp as well. The collection comes with a CDV sized title page and introduction by its creator. The entire collection is housed in a custom made tin. The title page contains a colophon and limitation page signed by Edward Bateman. This is copy number 33. Cards very slightly bowed.
"Automatons became the next wonder of the age, and the camera turned its ever hungry gaze on them as well. This was an unprecedented development. Mankind has always looked at objects. For the first time in human history, objects were looking back. Robots (although the name would not be coined for 80 years) made excellent photographic subjects because of their ability to remain motionless for extended periods of time. And indeed, they were widely documented, although few examples remain today. Automatons became more than just sources of labor-they became companions and, following legislation passed during the upheaval of the Civil War, autonomous citizens." - Edward Bateman.