London: Sotheby's Publications, 1987. First Edition. Quarto (31.5cm x 25cm). Red cloth boards (hardcover) with embossed gilt titling and graphics; dustjacket; 360pp; illus. Near Fine copy; slight shelf wear to bottom extremities, else new. Very Good dustwrapper; slight shelf wear to cover and back panels. First book devoted entirely to the automata of 19th century France. Over 150 automata are illustrated in color photographic reproductions, and facsimiles of a selection of catalogues of the period are published for the first time.