This vintage book is a detailed treatise on puppetry, with information on its popularity, development, and influence throughout history. From ancient times to nineteenth-century European operas, this fascinating volume explores the history of marionettes in great detail, and is highly recommended for the modern enthusiast. Contents include: “How I Came to Write a Book on Puppets”, “Puppets of Antiquity”, “Oriental Puppets”, “Puppets of Italy and Southern Europe”, “Puppets in France”, “Puppet Shows of Germany and of Other Continental Countries”, “Puppetry in England”, “The Marionettes in America”, “Toy Theatres and Puppet Shows for Children”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on puppets and marionettes.