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  AMERICA 
 Eastern Seaboard 

LEIZELT, Balthasar Frederick. [An 18th century 'vue d'optique' of New York]
Vue de la Nouvelle Yorck Augsburg, c.1775. Original colour. 315 x 420mm. Some wear to the margins. An ink spot on the French side of the text.
An unusual 'vue d'optique', an imaginary view of the port of New York, with shipyards, docks and a large customs house. Below the image is an engraved description in both German and French which loosely translates to: "New York, a city in North America on the Island named Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, which was first settled by the Dutch in 1615 and called New Amsterdam. In 1666 it was taken over by the British and named New York'. Because the print was designed as a 'vue d'optique' the title 'Vuë de la Nouvelle Yorck' is engraved in reverse above the scene. The sheet woud be be placed in a 'zograscope', an optical device that used lenses and mirrors to give perspective. but reversed the image.
[Ref: 18896]    £600.00 ($786 • €674 rates)


LEIZELT, Balthasar Frederick. [A 'vue d'optique' of Philadelphia]
Vuë de Philadelphie. Augsburg, c.1776, original colour, 315 x 420mm
An unusual and attractive 'vue d'optique' of Philadelphia taking as its actual model the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich, England. Philadelphia is fancifully represented as a seaport city with a naval skirmish taking place in the harbour. This type of print was designed to be looked at through a zograscope, an optical viewer that gave the prints a feeling of depth. The naive style of colouring is standard for these prints which were used to disseminate current affairs as well as for amusement. SNYDER, City of Independence: Views of Philadelphia Before 1800, 242.
[Ref: 10429]    £400.00 ($524 • €450 rates)


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