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Publication: Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (available for pre-order)

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.

The definitive book - both of illustrations and research is now available for pre-order and is due for release on 10 October 2013. Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell from Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming.


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Comment by PATRICK J FENECH on May 28, 2013 at 10:25

Fascinating publication.... also to learn that one of my favorite guitarists Brian May is behind the making of this book.  This will surely find a place in my personal library as i am researching visual themes of the 'Vanitas Vanitatum', Danse Macabre, Momento Mori etc etc.  By the way the Richard Ellis Photography Archive, Malta also has a few interesting glass plates of the Chapel of Bones which stood in the capital city of Valletta before WW11 and included in the Thames & Hudson publication 'The Empire of Death'; a cultural history of Ossuaries.

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