[Broadside annoucing performances by Henri Michaux].

[Broadside annoucing performances by Henri Michaux].

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[Moscow : s. n., 1834].
1 broadside : ill. ; 42 x 26 cm.
Bib ID: 
Notable Acquisition 2011.
Circus broadside features wood engraving of balloon and basket with text detailing Henri Michaux's "Mechanical Theatre of Light" performances from January 28-February 2, 1834. The three performances, with different prices for each, feature different themes. The first is of hydraulic experiments that feature Warsaw, a winter landscape by the Vistula River, a view of the town of Riga, the new Church of St. Isaac, a sunrise in Berlin, and Peter the Great on Lake Ladoga. Fountains of water and ghost images via hydraulic tricks of flowers, butterflies, and a Chinese temple. The second show features an exhibition of glass articles made by Michaux and promises each visitor one item free of charge; included is a description of Michaux's glassmaking technique. The third show features a cosmorama with twelve views.
Broadside also details a cabinet of handmade glass objects, the objects of which Michaux creates with such "extraordinary fineness that it dissipates in the air into glowing and impalpable dust and glass threads".