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Perspective view of Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphie.

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Item Number:  28216  new
Category:  Antique maps > America > North America

Old, antique view of Philadelphia. Shows men in boats and ships along the waterfront in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Title: Vue de Philadelphie.
Philadelphia. Die Haupt Stadt in der Nord-Americanischen Provinz Pensylvanien, sie ist vom William Penn (dem Caroll II König in Engelland, die ganze Provinz geschencket hatte) im Jahr 1682. zwischen 2. Schiffreichen Flüssen angelegt und deswegen Philadelphia genen, net worde, weil die Einwohner in Brüderlicher Einigkeit daselbt lebe sollen.

Philadelphie. La Ville Capitale de Pensylvanie, Province Nord-Américaine, William Penn, à qui Charles II Roi d'Angleterre donna cette Province entière la planta en 1682 entre deux fleuves navigables et l'apella Philadelphie, parceque les habitans y vivoient dans une Harmonie fraternelle.

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

Gravé par Balth. Frederic Leizelt.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size to plate marks (not including margins, including title and bottom text): 320 x 425mm (12.6 x 16.73 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, a few stains.
Condition Rating: B+.

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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.