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BASSET. - Vue de Malte.


BASSET. -  Vue de Malte.
Vue de Malte. - BASSET.



Title : Vue de Malte..
Map maker : BASSET..
Date : Paris, 1780.
Size : 9.8 x 15.6 inches. / 25.0 x 39.5 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :Uncommon optical print of the harbour viewof Valletta on Malta. Text in French.
Basset was a well-known publisher of optical prints, established in Paris, rue St.Jacques. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular speciality establishments in Paris, Augsburg and London, which produced optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them. In the 18th century the optical print or vue optique came into existence, whose exaggerated converging lines were intended to produce the optical illusion of deep recession. The viewing devices for which these perspective prints were produced consisted of a lens and a mirror, this requiring the use of reversed or mirror-image pictures.
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An optical mirror with print.
(Mirror is not included in the lot.)


Condition : So-called optical print. Paper slightly age-toned. Some marginal staining. Some discolouration of paint in sky. Else in good condition.


ID: 26091

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