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November 2003

More Early Prints of Eyeglasses

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(11):1664-1665. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.11.1664

Since the publication of "Early Prints Depicting Eyeglasses" in the November 2002 issue of the ARCHIVES, 1 I have learned of 3 additional examples of prints from before 1500 from Udo Timm of Hannover, Germany.

Figure 1 was printed in Augsburg in 1483 by Anton Sorg. It shows a scene from the Council of Constance and is entitled How Duke Fridrich of Austria Swore Allegiance to the King of Rome. Figure 2 was printed in Franconia in about 1480. It represents another version of the Death of Mary. The author and printer are not known. Figure 3 is a detail from a 1498 print by Johann Schönsperger. This is a pirated copy of the Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant (figure 7 in the original article).

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