Antique Optical Print – LIBRARY OF GÖTTINGEN [Georg Daniel Heumann, Probst, c.1780]



Göttingen University Library, founded in 1734, considered the first academic research library


‘Bibliotheca Büloviana Acaddemae, Georgiae Augustae donata Göttinga.’ (not on this sheet)

By: Georg Daniel Heumann (Nurnberg 1691-1759) was a German draughtsman and engraver active in Nurnberg and Gottingen. Publisher: Georg Balthasar Probst (1732 – 1801) was a German artist, engraver and publisher in Augsburg, a major European publishing center in the 17th and 18th centuries. He produced architectural views of places around the world, including vues d’optique, which were published in various places during the last half of the 18th century, including Paris, Augsburg and London.

Source: This is an optical print, also called ‘vue optique’ or ‘vue d’optique’, which were made to be viewed through a Zograscope, or other devices of convex lens and mirrors, all of which produced an optical illusion of depth.

Etching / engraving on hand laid paper (verge).


Sheet: c. 44 x 31  cm

Image: c. 41.5 x 27.5 cm


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