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Set of Four Vue d'Optiques of Quebec
Augsburg: Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts, 1775. Hand-coloured engravings on laid paper 14 3/8 x 18 1/2 inches each. Images: 9 7/8 x 15 3/8 inches each. With captions in French and German below the image. 4 Vue d'Optiques of Quebec by François Habermann and Balthazar Leeizelt"In considering the fictitous views of Canada, made up wholly from the imagination of engravers assisted by what they had heard from travellers, the names of François Xavier Habermann and Balthazar Freric Leeizelt... easily come first. Their Collection of Prospects was completely the product of a fertile imagination... quite unassisted by fact. The astonished collector comes across these well-drawn.... coloured etchings, having the strange peculiarity of the title at the top of the print reading backwards [as with the present image]... These prints were probably published about 1775. Habermann's views of New York, done about the same time are equally fictitious'. (Spendlove The Face of Early Canada p.83).Vue d'optique perspective views were a form of entertainment meant to be seen through in special devices called Zograscopes or optical diagonal machines. Drawn with an exaggerated one-point perspective, each print took on a nearly three-dimensional appearance when viewed in the mirror through the optique lens. The name of the print at the top was reversed in the mirror and thus right-reading when viewed in this device. The strong hand color that distinguishes these views worked better when viewed in the zograscope under low light.Present here are four views François Habermann … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books [US]

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