Maker: A. Taride
This unusual offering is an antique set of twenty maps that together create a large and impressive map of Paris. It was published in c. 1900 by Taride and is a recreation of a historic earlier map of Paris from 1739. The Turgot map of Paris is a highly accurate and detailed map of the city of Paris, France, as it existed in the 1730s. The map was commissioned by Parisian municipality chief Michel-Étienne Turgot, drawn up by surveyor Louis Bretez, and engraved by Claude Lucas. The Turgot map was published in 1739 as an atlas of twenty non-overlapping sectional bird's-eye-view maps (at a scale of approximately 1:400) in isometric perspective toward the southeast. Additionally, there is one simplified general map with a four-by-five grid showing the layout of the twenty sectional maps. The atlas covers an area approximately corresponding to the first eleven of the modern-day arrondissements of Paris. Turgot's map has been described as "the first all-comprising graphical inventory of the capital, down to the last orchard and tree, detailing every house and naming even the most modest cul-de-sac". These gorgeously detailed maps could be framed individually in the gallery wall style that is popular these days, or the pages could be joined by a restorer to create one huge wall map. Very good condition with minor wear at the page edges, some very minor foxing, and slight overall toning. Sheet 2 has some damage in the margin. Center folds as issued. Each sheet measures approx. 20.5 x 30.75. The printed area on each sheet measures approx. 15.25 x 25 inches. These maps come in their original cover with text about the map in French.
Item Number: EUR3071