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Optical view of a sea battle before Campeche (Mexico). 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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St. Francesco di Campeche.

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Item Number:  29061
Category:  Antique maps > America > North America

Old, antique optical view of a sea battle before Campeche (Mexico).

Title: St. Francesco di Campeche.

Nomen habet à ligno quadam, quod Campeche vocatur, ...
Ist berühmt wegen des vielen Campeche - Holzes und Cacao, so daselbst gefünden und zum großen Fliesen des Königreichs Spanien nach Europ übergeführet wird.
Cum Pt. Maj. - M. Engelbrecht exc. A.V.

Date: c. 1770.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 295 x 365mm (11.61 x 14.37 inches).
Sheet size: 315 x 425mm (12.4 x 16.73 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, light smudged.
Condition Rating: A+.

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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.