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Perspective view of Boston. c. 1770

Prints called perspective views, or vues d’optique, were created specifically to be viewed with the perspective glass. These prints used dramatic linear perspectives to maximize the sense of depth. The titles mainly were printed backwards so that they could be read when reflected in the mirror. Perspective views mostly depicted foreign landscapes, street views, architectural interiors, and political or historical events.

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Vue de Boston.

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Item Number:  28218  new
Category:  Antique maps > America > North America

Old, antique perspective view of Boston.

Title: Vue de Boston.
Prospect des grossen Plazes gegen der alten Sud Kirche der Presbiterianer zu Boston.
Vuë de la Ruë grande vers l'Eglise du Sud des Presbiteriennes a Boston.

Se vend à Augsburg au Negoce comun de L'Academie d'Empire des Arts libereaux avec Privilege de Sa Majesté Imperiale et avec Défense ni d'en faire ni de vendre les Copies.

Gravé par François Xav Habermann.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size to plate marks (not including margins, including title and bottom text): 315 x 420mm (12.4 x 16.54 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, backed with paper, some minor marginal smudging.
Condition Rating: A

Separate publication.

Prints called perspective views, or vues d’optique, were created specifically to be viewed with the perspective glass. These prints used dramatic linear perspectives to maximize the sense of depth. The titles mainly were printed backwards so that they could be read when reflected in the mirror. Perspective views mostly depicted foreign landscapes, street views, architectural interiors, and political or historical events.