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Diableries - Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell

Diableries - Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell
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Tableaux depicting life in hell, better known as Diableries, were all the rage in nineteenth century France but over the years the stereo images made after those clay tableaux were scattered and their hidden meaning lost. 

It took photo historians Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming half a lifetime to find all images but one and uncover the stories behind the Diableries. 

Follow them in their journey through the underworld and view the images as they have not been seen for a century and a half, in full 3-D, thanks to the included Owl viewer.

Pages: 280
Size [mm]: 245 x 325 x 38
Publication date: 30th October 2013

Standard Edition

In France, around 1860, from the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things diabolical, was born a new sensation – a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER – Hell – communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic cards, to be viewed in the stereoscopes which had already become popular in the 1850s. This 3-D phenomenon, which fascinated a nation for 40 years, is now yours to share. 

This book, the fruit of half a lifetime's study by three impassioned authors, brings every one of the published Diableries into the 21st Century for the very first time. Some of them are so rare that at the time of writing there is no known collection of the originals of these masterpieces. But this book enables all but two of the 182 scenes to be enjoyed just as their creators intended, in magnificent 3-D, using the high-quality patent OWL stereoscopic viewer supplied free in this package. 

The final dimension in this unique study is the original research, which unearths the hidden meanings in these tableaux. Never before have these secrets been revealed – clues to the conflicts in France in a period of great unrest, suffering, shame and suppression – a period which, even in French schools is seldom part of the curriculum. The Diableries are impudent, funny, sad, riotously inventive, satirical and dangerously seditious. Their wickedness awaits you ! 

Collector's Edition

DIABLERIES, Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell, by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, in a special deluxe collector’s edition. Just 250 of these custom volumes will be published. Bound in Italy in beautiful gold-tooled red vegan faux leather, each book is accompanied by an individually numbered certificate which is signed by the authors. 

With gilt-edged pages and a special ribbon page marker, as well as the updated gold OWL stereoscope included as standard, this will be something absolutely unique for stereo fans and collectors of historical photography to treasure. 


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