Paper Peepshows: The Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner Collection

Hyde, Ralph

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Charting the history of these collectables, there is also technical data and a detailed description of each piece, and the author places each one in historical and cultural context, ranging from depictions of the July Revolution (Paris, 1830), or the opening of the Thames Tunnel to the nursery tale of 'Puss in Boots'. Num Pages: 272 pages, 491 col. BIC Classification: WCS. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 310 x 248 x 29. Weight in Grams: 1896. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781851498000

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Synopsis: Peepshows were introduced in the mid-eighteenth century by Martin Engelbrecht in Augsburg. They called for a long wooden cabinet designed for purpose incorporating a viewing lens and sometimes a mirror. In the 1820s peepshows made entirely of paper appeared on the scene more or less at the same moment in Vienna, London and Paris. The clumsy cabinet was no longer called for. The new peepshow was equipped with paper bellows so it could be expanded or contracted in a trice. Paper peepshows were light; they were comparatively cheap. They fitted neatly into the pocket. Viewing a Paper Peepshow is an intimate, individual experience that, in the age of television and hand-held computers, gives a real sense of personal discovery. The viewer engages by peeping through a tiny hole and thereby discovers inside layers of images, like a pocket-sized stage set.

The format lent itself to a wide variety of subjects: to coronations and to state visits and funerals, to pleasure gardens, to trips up rivers and to the ceremonial openings of new railways, to distant views of cities and to tourist landmarks, to military engagements in exotic places, and to the July Revolution and the fall of the Bourbons in France in 1830. The Crystal Palace, erected in Hyde Park 1851 for the Great Exhibition, inspired the production of very large numbers of peepshows, mostly made overseas and imported. Peepshows made possible visits to sites existing in the imagination, to plunge down Alice's rabbit hole, for example, and to wander through the Garden of Eden in Paradise.

The main center of peepshow manufacture in the nineteenth century was toy-making Nuremburg. Briefly in the 1950s it was Britain. Nowadays it is the United States. Paper peepshows are no longer intended essentially for children but for bibliophiles and art-appreciating adults.

This stunning book charts the history of these charming collectables. The illustrated catalogue section includes the following data where known: country of origin, publisher, date, method of printing (eg chromolithograph), shape and dimensions, and number of scenes. As well as a full description of each piece, the author gives fascinating historical and cultural context for these items - ranging from depictions of the July Revolution (Paris, 1830), or the opening of the Thames Tunnel to the nursery tale of 'Puss in Boots'.

Contents: Foreword by Erkki Huhtamo (Prof. in the dept of Design Media Arts, University of California; Preface by Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image, V&A; The Story of paper Peepshows; What we peep with; Austria; Canada; China; Denmark; France; Germany; Great Britain; Italy; Russia; The Netherlands; United States of America; Unknown Origin; Peepshow view boxes; Table-top Tableaux.

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Title: Paper Peepshows: The Jacqueline & Jonathan ...
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist
Publication Date: 2015
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Book Description Seitdem sie in der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts von Martin Engelbrecht in Augsburg vorgestellt wurden, waren Guckkästen, englisch Peepshows, eine beliebte Jahrmarktattraktion in ganz Europa. Der Betrachter lugte durch ein winziges Loch, hinter dem wie ein Bühnenbild im Taschenformat mehrere Schichten von Papier aufgestellt waren. Mit einfachsten Mitteln gelang so der perspektivisch täuschend echte Blick in unbekannte Weiten. So konnte man mit Alice ins Kaninchenloch stürzen oder durchs Paradies wandeln aber auch »Zeuge« aktueller politischer Ereignisse werden. Die Darstellungen von Sehenswürdigkeiten, theatralischen oder auch exotischen Szenen prägten das Bild der Menschen von der »weiten Welt«. Der Autor zeichnet fundiert die Geschichte eines der ersten »Massenmedien« anhand von charmanten Sammlerstücken nach. Neben einer vollständigen Beschreibung der Stücke erläutert Hyde den faszinierenden historischen und kulturellen Kontext der »Peepshows«. Der illustrierte Katalogteil gibt Auskunft über Herkunftsland, Verleger, Datum, Druckverfahren (z. B. Chromolithographie), Form und die Abmessungen und die Anzahl der Szenen. 30 x 23,5 cm, 272 Seiten, 511 farb. Abb., geb. Bookseller Inventory # 709743

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