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An Early European View of Boston

18th Century optical print view of Boston harbor, with two ships at anchor, British soldiers and men working, and merchandise on shore; showing an idealized view depicting Boston as a typical European city. 

This view is typical of views published in the late 18th century for use with optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them. In the 18th century, a type of "perspective" print came into existence, whose exaggerated converging lines were intended to produce the optical illusion of deep recession without the benefit of lenses and mirrors. 

Condition Description
Old Color. Minor toning and soiling.