Handwritten Letter from Eadweard Muybridge


2 page handwritten letter from Eadweard Muybridge to the Editor of the Press, Philadelphia

Transcription by Shannon Perich Nov 30 2018

Letterhead: Eadweard Muybridge, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelpia, USA


24 Nov 1887

My Dear Sir,

I shall feel much gratified if you will do me the favor of accepting the copy of the [?] edition of “Animal Locomotion”, which I will take the liberty of sending to your office this day.

I very much regret being unable to forward you the complete series of 781 plates; however, the few contained in this edition will perhaps serve to give you a general idea of the objects and scope of the larger one, which under the same Title is now in course of publication.

I no doubt you will quickly discover many faults and imperfections in the plates, but please to bear in mind that an attempt to produce a series of illustrations which should take [?] as works of high art formed no part of our promises nor of our intention; whatever artistic [realities?] any of the plates may happen to possess in themselves should be considered as accessories only to the main purposes of the investigation; but in whatever light they may be viewed they are apparently considered of necessity to the art student; and of equal importance to the scientist; which their value to the art connoisseur and their capability of assuring the interest of all levels of art works is evidenced in the more satisfactory manner by the rapidly increasing length of the subscription list.

To me it is a very agreeable reflection that this proposition for the execution of this work originated

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in Philadelphia; and that its publication, which although in a new field of research is on a scale of magnitude and elaborateness unsurpassed by any work ever published, is due to the enlighted liberality of its citizens, and the generous encouragement fo the University of Pennsylvania.

My labor in the field of Zoopraxigraphy have been hitherto reviewed in a very flattering manner by you, in common with the press at large, and should you consider th results of my last in investigation worthy of any public comment, if you will cause it to be published some day between the 5th and the 14th of November, you will do me and especial favor; in the meanwhile should the prospectus and the catalogue fail to give all the information on the [?] you desire, I shall be mush pleased to give any further particulars at my command.

Thinking it possible you might experience more pleasure by looking over the remaining 760 plates I herewith enclose a card which will give you access to the volumes and

Yours Faithfully

Eadweard Muybridge

To the Editor of the Press Philadelphia

Date Made: 1887-11-24

Maker: Muybridge, Eadweard

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.001238Catalog Number: 1238Accession Number: 51945

Object Name: letter

Physical Description: paper (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-6082-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1883489

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