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Servants of Light  

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Dennis Crompton, Richard Franklin and Stephen Herbert (eds)
Servants of Light: The Book of the Lantern
London: Magic Lantern Society, 1997
ISBN 978-0-9510441-4-8
96 pages, paperback, 31 x 25cm

This lavishly illustrated book offers a historical survey of lantern hardware and some of its related technology, covering the 250 years between the development of the first slide projector and the movie projector.

It includes an extensive History of the Magic Lantern by John Barnes, and articles on Limelight, Fantasmagoria and many other subjects, by members of the Magic Lantern Society who are acknowledged experts in their specialisms.

  Tony Dugdale, ‘Introduction’
  ‘Naming of parts’
  John Barnes, ‘The history of the magic lantern’
  David Robinson, ‘The rise and fall of the triple lantern’
  Lindsay Lambert, ‘Origins and early history of limelight’
  Richard Franklin, ‘The limelight jet’
  Thomas Weynants, ‘The Fantasmagoria’
  Deac Rossell, ‘Some German professional magic lanterns’
  Stephen Herbert, ‘The riddle of the lanterns’
  Stephen Herbert, ‘Lanterns for advertising’
  Lester Smith, ‘Three favourite lanterns’
  Stephen Herbert, ‘The Finney Collection’