This is the first book to deal with the evolution of mechanical toys
following on the history of automata from very early times. It covers
the entire story, worldwide, introducing famous makers and historical
characters as well as their inventions. The special emphasis is from the
eighteenth century onwards, when the awakening of technological
interest produced both frivolous and luxury toys to amuse people and the
ingenious robot machines that eventually were to transform industry.
For the interest of modern collectors who assemble private or museum
displays the later chapters have facts on patents, factories, and types
of output by which antique toys and automata may be identified.
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