Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life - Signed British First



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A first printing signed by Harryhausen on the front free endpaper.

Harryhausen's densely packed autobiography with 100s of previously unpublished photographs and drawings from his personal collection.

From the publisher:

Ray Harryhausen is arguably the greatest stop-motion animator in the history of motion pictures, blazing new trails in special effects from the 1950s to the 1980s creating realistic dinosaurs, fantastic aliens, and imaginative mythological creatures. In the animator's own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, this book details Harryhausen's entire film career, from 20 Million Miles to Earth and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers to Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts. In words and images, this book explains the basics of special effects and stop-motion animation, along the way telling entertaining tales of working with the film stars of the day, such as Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Lionel Jeffries. Film buffs will relish such revelations as how Raquel Welch was picked up by a flying dinosaur in One Million Years B.C., why the octopus in Mysterious Island was really only a sixtopus, and what Medusa's blood was made from in Clash of the Titans.

From the Cinefex review:

The book is part confessional -- revealing techniques never previously divulged by their creator -- and part love letter to a craft that Harryhausen describes in meticulous prose as ‘dimensional animation.' .... Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life is a rare entity. Despite its considerable bulk, the book is immensely readable, a hoot from front to back, as well as a treasure trove of imagery and reference material.

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


Ray Harryhausen

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (quarter-inch tear at the top of the hinge otherwise Fine, light wear to the dustjacket)
Signed by Harryhausen on the front free endpaper



Publishing Information

Aurum Press

Physical Description

11.75 inches
10 inches
304 pages
366 color and 691 black & white illustrations