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Augsburg, Germany, no date, circa 1750. There are 6 hand-colored
panels each 13,7 x 9,2 cm in fine condition. Each panel
has cut-out hand colored scenes which, when viewed at spaced
intervals, provide a three dimensional view of an masonic lodge. There is much attention to detail:
Martin Engelbrecht and his brother began their publishing house in
Augsburg, Germany in 1719. Amongst other items, they produced
the first peep shows, an early form of family entertainment.
Engelbrecht peep shows were not bound together like their
19th century offspring, but were meant to be viewed on wooden
frames with slats so that a family could have several different
peep shows and view them interchangeably. This is a larger
format, early peep show offering a glimpse at life in the 18th
A special luxury viewing box has been made for this peep show set.
high: 12 cm
wide: 15 cm
long: 46.5 cm