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BASSET - VUE DE MALTE. [View of Malta -Valetta].

BASSET -  VUE DE MALTE. [View of Malta -Valetta].
VUE DE MALTE. [View of Malta -Valetta]. - BASSET
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Title : VUE DE MALTE. [View of Malta -Valetta]..
Map maker : BASSET.
Date : Paris, 1780.
Size : 10.2 x 15.7 inches. / 26.0 x 40.0 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :A so-called optical print. A very decorative and extremely rare view of Valetta, seen from the sea. The mirror-image title in top reads :Vue de la partie sud est de la ville capitale de MalteIn 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.

An optical mirror with print.
(Mirror is not included in the lot.)

Condition : In very good condition. Title in mirror image in top.

ID: 24719

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