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Catalogue des produits industriels qui ont - Exposition publique des prodruits d - 1798. 
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1798. Exposition publique des produits de lâindustrie franÃ§aise. Catalogue des produits industriels qui ont Ã©tÃ© exposÃ©s au Champ-de-Mars pendant les trois derniers jours complÃ©mentaires de lâan VI . . . 25pp. Paris: Imprimerie de la RÃ©publique, VendÃ©miaire an VII . 199 x 129 mm. Original plain blue-gray wrappers, lower corner of front wrapper lightly creased; boxed. Minor foxing but fine otherwise. First Edition of the catalogue of the First Official Public National Industrial Exposition, the forerunner of all subsequent âWorldâs Fairsâ and international expositions. In 1797 the Marquis dâAv?ze, an official of the French Republican government, visited the factories of S?vres (china), Gobelins (tapestries) and Savonnerie (carpets), and was appalled to find the factory workshops deserted, their artisans starving and their warehouses filled with luxury goods that had no commercial outlet. âIt then occurred to the marquis that if these and other objects of industry of the national manufactures could be collected together in one large exhibition, a stimulus might be given to the native industry, and thus relief be afforded to the suffering workmen. The plan was approved by M. FranÃ§ois de NeufchÃ¢teau, the Minister of the Interiorâ (Tomlinson, p. ii). Due to political difficulties the exhibition was not held until the following year. After a highly successful preliminary showing at the Maison dâOrsay the French government built a âTemple of Industryâ on the Champ de Mars, surrounded by 60 arcades filled with useful and decorative objects by French manufacturers. âThe Exhibition remained open only during the last three complimentary days of the year VI, of the Republic; but it excited the greatest enthusiasm throughout the country. The merits of the several exhibitors were entrusted to the decision of a jury composed of nine men, distinguished in science and in art; and this plan was found to work so well, that it was continued in subsequent Expositionsâ (Tomlinson, p. iii). RareâOCLC cites only three copies, all in French libraries. A second issue of the catalogue, expanded to 30 pages, was issued at Grenoble in the same year. Tomlinson, Cyclopaedia of Useful Arts (1852), I, pp. ii-iii.
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