Erkki Huhtamo just published Illusions in Motion (MIT Press, 2013), a well-designed and captivating history of
the moving panorama. Erkki's been researching this topic for the past ten years and the resulting volume is packed with
incredible details and connections between the Victorian era stereoscope craze, 19th century "Panoramania" and more contemporary forms of media spectacle culture.
Erkki recently posted a short Q&A in which he talks about the start of this project – how his initial skepticism about 1990s virtual reality hoopla led him to think about these earlier phenomena.