Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

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Brian May, founding member and lead guitarist of Queen, is one of the world's foremost collectors of Victorian stereo cards. The subject of this first book from the London Stereoscopic Company is amongst the most famous sets of stereo cards ever published - the Diableries ("Devilments"), which were originally published in France around 1860. Using the 3-D viewer to view the stereo cards, which have been meticulously restored and printed, the reader is transported back in time and escapes into a parallel universe ...

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Overview

Brian May, founding member and lead guitarist of Queen, is one of the world's foremost collectors of Victorian stereo cards. The subject of this first book from the London Stereoscopic Company is amongst the most famous sets of stereo cards ever published - the Diableries ("Devilments"), which were originally published in France around 1860. Using the 3-D viewer to view the stereo cards, which have been meticulously restored and printed, the reader is transported back in time and escapes into a parallel universe set in hell, with the devil and his henchmen participating in activities similar to those on Earth, and having a lot of fun. There are 180 scenes in total. The stereo views were made by photographing extraordinarily detailed and beautifully created miniature sculptures. At that time, the emperor, Napoleon III, ruled with an iron fist, and every single engraving, woodcut, lithograph or photograph had to be submitted to the censors, and registered with the police. So, in fact, there is a deeper purpose to the cards: they are packed with dangerously satirical references mocking Napoleon's regime, and the sculptors and photographers risked imprisonment to strike a blow for the citizens of France. The traditional symbolic use of the devil to control the people is dramatically turned back on itself to satirize the abusers of the power. This brutal period in French history is not taught in French schools even today. The text unravels the mysteries in the historical context for the modern viewer to enjoy.

"The Diableries are impudent, funny, sad, riotously inventive, satirical and dangerously seditious. Their wickedness awaits you!".

Each slip cased book comes with a 3D viewer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780957424609
  • Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 152,008
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian May, CBE, PhD, FRAS is a founding member of Queen, and a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer. Brian postponed a career in astronomy when Queen's popularity first exploded, but after an incendiary 30 years as a rock musician, returned to astrophysics in 2006, when he completed his PhD and coauthored his first book, Bang! The Complete History of the Universe, with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott. Stereoscopy has been a life-long passion, and his second book, A Village Lost and Found, written with Elena Vidal, introduced the genius of Victorian Stereophotographer T. R. Williams to a global audience.

Denis Pellerin, dedicated photo historian, was a teacher for over 30 years and has been interested in photography since the age of ten. He was bitten by the stereo bug in the 1980s, has been fascinated by the, Diableries for over 25 years and has written several books and articles on 19th-century stereo photography for various magazines, institutions and museums. He graduated as an MA in Art History at the Sorbonne in 1999 and has since been specialising in French and British Victorian genre stereo views. He is also currently working on his PhD.

Paula Richardson Fleming is a photographic historian with a special interest in stereo photography. She is the retired Photo Archivist of the Smithsonian Institution National Anthropological Archives, and a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the National Stereoscopic Association. Her credits include publications on 19th-century photography, as well as the curation of many photographic exhibits. Her association with Brian and Denis came naturally from their mutual appreciation of Diableries.

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