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(Automata) | Automata, spectres, and beheadings

(Automata) | Automata, spectres, and beheadings

(Automata) | Automata, spectres, and beheadings

(Automata)

P. Hell. Mechanisch-Automatisches Schauspiel. Np, nd 


Letterpress playbill (417 x 350 mm). Large woodcut vignette depicting a magical performance featuring decapitation, printed in German in Fraktur fonts; two old folds, browned at folds, some spots and smudging.


A handsome early German playbill announcing a performance by Mechanikus P. Hell, whose entertainments featured an automaton, magic lanterns, phantasmagoria, and a decapitation illusion.

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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