Here’s another rotating head illusion, just to introduce a list of my favourite illusion books. It’s not one you’ll find in the books, because I only just drew it. Still, that leaves plenty of old illusions, and there are stacks of fun books on the subject, many of them excellent. Here are some I think are real classics:
The standard introduction to vision and illusions, say, sixth form to first year college level, authoritative but great fun.
A bit more technical, but with a comprehensive selection of geometric illusions.
Another fascinating general introductory text, by an eminent researcher
An enchanting book of drawings of impossible worlds with commentary by another distinguished scientist
An edition of two books in one, both of them helpful for understanding the basis of M.C.Escher’s architectural puzzle pictures.
The standard technical, authoritative but beautifully illustrated book on M.C.Escher’s tiling patterns
Exquisite, giant colour reproductions from nineteenth century puzzle picture books of all kinds
Great collection of reproductions of work by contemporary artists based on a wide variety of illusions. Al Seckel has published stacks of other collections of historic and modern versions of old and new illusions, and all the ones I’ve seen have been excellent.
English Translation of the catalogue for an exhibition in Dusseldorff, the best survey of ambiguous images from world art. So it’s brilliant for Arcimboldo and Dali, but also for loads of less well known artists. (The German title is Das Endlose Raetsel).