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Books on Automata and Related Subjects

Here are mechanical reference and automata-related books that I have reviewed, own, or want. For a quick one-stop shopping, check out the automaton-specific store I created.

Automaton Related Books Reviewed by Dug North

Making Mad Toys & Mechanical Marvels in Wood - Formerly Whacky Toys, Whiligigs, & Whatchamacallits

Basic Machines and How They Work - A foundation in mechanics that's short and clear.

Automata and Mechanical Toys - If you love automata, this book is a must-have.

Ingenious Mechanisms for Designers and Inventors (4-Volume Set) - For the mechanically fanatical

Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook - A nice mechanical reference book

Making Wooden Mechanical Models- The beauty of basic machines, in wood

Whacky Toys, Whirligigs & Whatchamacallits - A favorite of mine for the author's keen aesthetics

Creative Kinetics: Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood - See review for Whacky Toys, Whirligigs & Whatchamacallits

Making Mechanical Marvels In Wood - Key building blocks for contemporary wooden automata

How to Carve Wood - A classic text that covers all forms of wood carving

Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements - An inexpensive gold mine of individual mechanisms

Mechanical Reference & Automaton Related Books I Own, But Have Not Reviewed

Two Odd Volumes on Magic & Automata

1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books)

Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics)

Tools and Their Uses

Dolls in Motion

Elements Of Mechanism

Wooden Clocks: 31 Favorite Projects & Patterns (Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Book)

Paper Engineering and Pop-ups For Dummies

Making Mechanical Toys

The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build

The Boy Mechanic Makes Toys: 159 Games, Toys, Tricks, and Other Amusements

Caricature Carving from Head to Toe: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Capturing Expression and Humor in Wood

Making Marble-Action Games, Gadgets, Mazes & Contraptions

Toys and Models

Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914

Automata Too: Four Working Models to Cut Out and Glue Together

A Handbook of Paper Automata Mechanisms

Paper Automata: Four Working Models to Cut Out & Glue Together

Battery Toys: The Modern Automata

Automata and Mechanical Toys (Mary Hiller)

Mechanical Toys

Animatronics: Guide to Holiday Displays

Machine Devices and Components Illustrated Sourcebook

Tabletop Machining

Mechanical Devices for the Electronics Experimenter

Crescendo of the Virtuoso: Spectacle, Skill, and Self-Promotion in Paris during the Age of Revolution

Edison's Eve : A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life

Home Machinists Handbook

Leonardo's Lost Robots

Pictorial Handbook of Technical Devices

The Art And Craft of Whirligig Construction

How to Make Animated Toys

Making More Wooden Mechanical Models

Automaton Related Books I Do Not Have, But I Want

The Boy Magician: 156 Amazing Tricks & Sleights of Hand (Popular Mechanics)

The Boy Mechanic: Best Projects from the Classic Popular Mechanics Series

The Boy Scientist: 160 Extraordinary Experiments & Adventures (Popular Mechanics)

Paper Toys (Deluxe Metal Box)

Making Whirligigs and Other Wind Toys

Fun to Make Wooden Toys & Games

Making Wooden Toys & Games

Flights of Fancy - Mechanical Singing Birds

Playing Their Parts: 19th Century Automata, Musical Boxes and Singing Birds

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move

Walking Automata: A Collection of Self-Moving Models to Cut Out and Make

The Sciences in Enlightened Europe - Simon Schaffer's piece on "Enlightenment Automata"

Make Your Own Working Paper Clock

How to Cast Small Metal and Rubber Parts (2nd Edition)

Traditional Wooden Toys: Their History and How to Make Them

Folk Toys: Patterns & Projects for the Scroll Saw

Action Whirligigs: 25 Easy-to-Do Projects (Woodworking Whirligigs)

Making Animated Whirligigs (Woodworking Whirligigs)

Easy-to-Make Whirligigs (Woodworking Whirligigs)

Carving Caricature Head & Faces

Making Working Wooden Locks

More Working Wooden Locks

New Wood Puzzle Designs

Spooner's Moving Animals or the Zoo of Tranquillity

Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook

Kinematic Design of Machines and Mechanisms

The Engineer's Sketch Book of Mechanical Movements

Manual of Mechanical Movements

Mechanical Movements and Devices

Engineer's Illustrated Thesaurus

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