Summary

'Rational Recreations' by W. Hooper, first published in 1774. The book's chapters cover such areas as Electricity, Magnetism, Pneumatics and Pyrotechnics, with a series of experiments that show 'entertaining' and 'interesting' examples within each category. It describes Robertson's Phantascope and Musschenbroek's animated slides. It includes 34 black and white plates.

It appears that the author, W. Hooper, copied much of his information directly from a book by Abbe Guyot, 'Nouvelles Recreations Physiques et Mathematiques' which was published in Paris in 1770.

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 of Content

Rational Recreations, Hooper, W.D. 4th ed. Hooper, who copied much of his information direct from the Abbe Guyot book, Nouvelles Recreations Physiques et Mathematiques, Paris 1770, described Robertson's phantascope and Musschenbroek's animated slides. Rational Recreations was first published in 1774.

Physical Description

Leatherbound book with 280 numbered pages. On spine there are five horizontal gilt bands. Title of book is printed in gilt on a maroon field with a gilt double border. The centre of the spine has a plain black shield with gilt border.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Francis Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure

  • Acquisition Information

    Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI), Mr David Francis, by 11/1990

  • Collector

    Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1990

  • Format

    Book

  • Inscriptions

    On spine: 'RATIONAL RECREATIONS' Handwritten inscription on endsheet: '(?) Turnbull/Glasgow 1806' On Title Page: 'RATIONAL RECREATIONS,/IN WHICH/THE PRINCIPLES OF /NUBERS AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY/ARE CLEARLY AND COPIOUSLY ELUCIDATED/BY A SERIES OF/EASY, ENTERTAINING, INTERESTING EXPERIMENTS/AMONG WHICH ARE/ALL THOSE COMMONLY PERFORMED WITH THE/CARDS./BY W. HOOPER, M.D./THE FOURTH EDITION CORRECTED./VOL. II/PERTH:/PRINTED BY R. MORISON,/FOR WILL. MORISON, BOOKSELLER/M,DCCC,I.'

  • Classification

    Recreation & tourism, Amusements, Optical devices

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Technology

  • Type of item

    Document

  • Book Closed

    107 mm (Width), 24 mm (Depth), 176 mm (Height)

  • References

    Francis, David. 'The Origins of the Cinema: A Mid-Summer 1968 Exhibition', Exhibition Catalogue of Pre-Cinematic Paraphernalia at Dynervor Castle.

  • Keywords

    Electricity, Magic Lanterns, Pre-Cinema Moving Images, Pyrotechnics, Sciences