This terrific book by Charlemagne Press is the quintessential guide to all things marionette.
Combining the best of many books' information on puppetry was a daunting task, but the results speak for themelves.
This well-illustrated and easy-to-understand book offers the best assemblage of string puppet information available today. If you are going to work with marionettes, you need this book!
VERY highly recommended
Why copy others' patterns when it's so easy to design and construct string puppets uniquely suited to your special needs. Topics include: evolution of the marionette, theory of string puppets, controls, bodies and joints, construction, manipulation, and stages. Plus a chapter on the traditional marionettes of China and Japan. Forward by Dr. Frank Ballard. Includes index and bibliography. 170 line illustrations. 147p. isbn: 0-921845-11-1