Antique Prints of Optics, Telescopes, Microscopes, Eyeglasses, etc.

Take a look at these historic prints of optical subjects. Prints are in good condition unless otherwise mentioned.
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"La Vielle femme, de Jordaens (musee du Louvre)"

Wood engraving made after the painting by Jacob Jourdeans, dated 1878.
Below the image and on the reverseside is an article titled "Les
Lunettes De Ma Grand'mere" ( the glasses of my grandmother)Image:

Image: 21 x 16 cm ( 8.2 x 6.2")

$ 70.00 minus 40% Discount = $ 42.00

Order Nr. OPTIC256401

"L Exposition des Insectes. - Projection photographique du phylloxora pendant une conference"
( Projecting the image of a flea )

Wood engraving after M. Valney, 1874. Reverse side is printed.

17.5 x 22.7 cm ( 6.8 x 8.9 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. OPTIC237317 SOLD

"Various forms of spectacles, Photometer or Light Measurer, Transit Instrument, Altitude and Azimuth Circle, Detached Transit Level, Bord's Repeating Circle, Level Collimater"

Wood engravings ca 1880. On the reverse side is text ( in English ) about the various instruments.

Page size: 33 x 24.5 cm ( 12.9 x 9.6 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. OPTIC243737

"Das elektrische Episkop im Hoersall des Professor Dr. Stricker in Wien"

Wood engraving after M. Ledeli ca 1890. Reverse side is printed. Overall light age toning.

15.2 x 22.8 cm ( 6 x 9 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. MEDICINE237953

"Ecole de Natation Pour Hommes Politiques"

(Le monsieur a lunettes) - "Mettez vous dans la tete que le point important
est d'aprendre a bien nager entre deux eaux"

Lithograph by Charles Vernet dated 1852,
Published in Paris.

Hardly visible vertical centerfold. Minor signs of age.

Image: 18.5 x 27.5 cm ( 7.2 x 10.8")

$ 85.00

Order Nr. POLITIC251047


Copper etching ca 1800. In the upper left is a magic lantern. The lower half is a Micrometer.
Small, repaired tear on upper margin edge. Clean print.

Page size: 27 x 19.5 cm ( 10.6 x 7.6 ")

Order Nr. OPTIC235757 SOLD

Rome. - "Tiburtina die statt"

Das sechst alter der werlt. Lag. CXIII (113)

Upper left: Portrait of "Secundus philozophus"

Most likely holding in his hand the oldest depiction of looking glasses ever in print

Type of print: Woodcut

Color: Excellent hand coloring

Published in: Nuremberg Chronicle ("Weltchronik" (Liber Chronicarum)

Author:  Hartmann Schedel.

Published: Nuremberg, 1493

Text: German edition. Relating text print below image.

Tiburtina is nowadays a city fraction of the City of Rome. The text describes it as being mentioned by Strabo and Virgil, supposedly older than Rome and founded by Greek immigrants to Italy.

This print is from the very rare GERMAN EDITION of the Nuremberg Chronicle, which was fist published in LATIN in May 1493 and, with a very small German edition, in December 1493. Since the publishers were located in Nuremberg, Germany, they felt they should also publish this important incunabula work in the German language. But among scholars in all of Europe, the Latin language was the common language for communication, while German had a much smaller radius. That's why the Latin edition was the larger of the two.

The philosopher, upper left, is depicted with a pair of looking glasses in his hand. It may be safe to speak of the first ever depicted pair of glasses in print history.

Reverse side: 9 portraits of, a medical doctor (holding up and viewing a glass of urine), one philosopher - Justinus, three heretics and three bishops, among them Apollinaris.

Condition:Very good. Excellent hand coloring. Wide margins with stains and other traces of age and use., like smal tears
along edges, none of them near images.

Image of Tiburtina: 20,2 x 22,4 cm (ca.8 x 8.8")

Sheet size: 46 x 31 cm (ca. 18 x 12")

$ 480.00


Plate I : Lunetier, Verres de differens foyers


Plate II : Lunetier, Ouvrages et outils


Plate III : Lunetier, Outils


Plate IV : Lunetier, Machines a couper et a polir


Ophthalmologist - Eyes - Eye glasses - Optician - Optometrist

Glasses. - "Lunetier" Plates 1 - 4 with explanatory text page

Plate I : Lunetier, Verres de differens foyers

Plate II : Lunetier, Ouvrages et outils

Plate III : Lunetier, Outils

Plate IV : Lunetier, Machines a couper et a polir

Copper etchings.

Published in  "Encyclopedie" by Denis Diderot (1713-1784)
and Jean-Baptiste le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783) Paris, 1751-1780

General age toning. Right margin has water stain outside image.
Margin edges show traces of age and use. Prints are connected by original binding.

Sheet size: 40 x 27 cm (ca. 15.7 x 10.6")

Order Nr. OPTIC254468 SOLD

"Miltons Besuch bei Galilei" ( Milton´s visit to Galileo )

Wood engraving made after the painting by Annibale Gatti. Published ca 1880.
Reverse side is printed.

16.5 x 24.8 cm ( 6.4 x 9.7 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. OPTIC236923

Images: Equatorial instrument, Mural circle at Greenwich Observatory, Eudiometer, Anemometer, Sextant, Fahrenheit´s Thermometer, Mercurial Pendulum and Theodolite.

Wood engraving published ca 1885. Reverse side is printed. Some light scattered spotting.

Page size: 35 x 24.5 cm ( 13.7 x 9.6 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. OPTIC236917

"Josef Frauenhofer fuert in Muenchen sein Spektrometer vor"

Wood engraving made after a painting by R. Wimmer. Published 1905.
Light natural age toning. Light spotting in left part of lower margin.

14 x 19 cm ( ( 5,5 x 7.4 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr OPTIC252394

"Brillenmacher und Brillentraeger im 16 Jahrhundert"

( Eyeglasses maker and eyeglass wearer in the 16th Century )

Wood engraving made after a drawing by Johann Stradanus. Published 1905.
Reverse side is printed. Light natural age toning.

Image: 14 x 20 cm ( 5.5 x 7.8 ")

$ 55.00

Order Nr. OPTIC252337

Les Loupes

Description: Three scientists regard mushrooms through looking glasses. Almost an incunabila of lithography (which ended in 1821)

Type of print: lithograph

Lithographer: Edme-Jean Pigal (1798-1872)

Publication: ćAlbum Comique"

Published by: Ambroise Tardieu

Printed by: Langlume

Where: Paris

When: 1823

Measurements: 17 x 21,3 cm (6.7 x 8.4")

Condition: Very good

$ 150.00

Order Nr. OPTIC236825

"Instruction Religieuse Au Maroc" ( Notice the glasses !)

Wood engraving by Baude after a painting by M. Hirsch, 1885.
Reverse side is printed. Minor signs of age and use.

21 x 28.8 cm ( 8.2 x 11.3 ")

$ 85.00


Fritz Gehrke. Eine Kunstlerherberge am gruenen Rhein.
( An artists´ meeting place on the green Rhine)

Wood engraving printed in color after a painting by Fritz Gehrke ca 1885.
Reverse side is printed. Small crease and repair in lower left margin corner.

23 x 34.8 cm ( 9 x 13.7 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. WINE236106


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