- Hardcover: 251 pages
- Publisher: Bonanza Books; Reprint edition (January 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517120577
- ISBN-13: 978-0517120576
- Package Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of the Puppet Reprint Edition
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With color photographs throughout; a history of puppeteering throughout the world. A heavy volume. Not price-clipped. In protective mylar. 251 pp. including index. [Publisher: Bonanza Books, New York, 1973]
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Bill Baird provides this, along with a wealth of photography and historical overviews of puppets from the Old World to America, starting with the tribal meanings of puppetry and masked features, forward to marionettes and hand puppets like Punch and Judy.
Well worth the money!
I think the book goes up to 1964-'65 (which was at the time when Baird & his troupe were famously performing at the New York Worlds Fair), and so Bairds 'Sound of Music' puppets didn't make it. But 'Punch & Judy' sure did, and everything else that was really great about puppetry did, much that will probably have been unknown to you till now, all of it awesome.(I mean, wait till you read Bairds account of 'Papa' Agrippino Manteo and his wonderfull, ever-growing family of puppeteers and Puppets, who operated a theater on Manhattans little Italy in the early 1900s, giving performances of histories greatest puppet-plays to generations of immigrants and theater lovers, keeping the stories of the Constitine plays, or the Palidin cycle, Don Quixote, etc etc, as alive & fresh for our time as they had been in their own. Bairds love for these different troupes and styles is felt throughout the entire book)
I really love this book. It reminded me how much, and why, I loved puppets. There is no 'art' to muppets, and as a kid I had lost interest in puppets since the muppets became so overwhelmingly popular. That was a shame because I was really into them before that, and if you can relate with that, you should definately get this book. You can get it cheap used too, I got a perfect hardbound copy for $3!!!