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CHEREAU, J. - Vue de la Prise de l'Isle de Malthe.

CHEREAU, J. -  Vue de la Prise de l'Isle de Malthe.
Vue de la Prise de l'Isle de Malthe. - CHEREAU, J.
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Title : Vue de la Prise de l'Isle de Malthe..
Map maker : CHEREAU, J..
Date : Paris, 1798.
Size : 10.2 x 15.7 inches. / 26.0 x 39.8 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :A so-called optical print. A very decorative and extremely rare view of the siege of Valetta by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797. French rule lasted only two years, for in 1800 Valletta was occupied by British forces.
The island of Malta was an important strategic stronghold in the Mediterranean Sea and Napoleon Bonaparte knew that controlling it would boost France's naval capacity in the region. It would also help secure the supply lines of his expedition to Egypt
This rare optical print shows The print shows the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte fleet in l798 on his way to Egypt.

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.

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

Condition : Paper slightly age toned, some marginal light water staining.. Title in mirror image in top.

ID: 25253

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