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Turgot, Michel Etienne
Plan de Paris
1739. Paris. Large folio, (555 x 445 mm). 21 double-page engraved maps, the first plate a folding overview, the rest numbered 1-20, of which plates 18-19 pasted together to form double-page folding plate. Contemporary full red morocco, supralibros on boards with the arms of the Ville de Paris, gilt borders, fleur-de-lys to corners, spine richly gilt in compartments with title to tan morocco lettering-piece and fleur-de-lys motifs, inner dentelles gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; skillfully rebacked retaining the original spine. Scattered foxing but overall in excellent condition.- First edition of one of the most influential printed maps of Paris of all times, and a tour de force in map making, it is a fascinating and colossal view of Paris and amongst the greatest city views of all time, designed by Louis Bretez and engraved by Claude Lucas. This is an excellent example in contemporary red morocco with the arms of the City of Paris, reserved for presentation to high officials and aristocrats. The map was conceived of and executed without the aid of manned flight, Turgot's plan is an astounding example of the cartographer's art, taking the form of a bird's-eye view, of such dimension and detail 'in which all the buildings of Paris, including the civic structures, churches, and even private houses with their courts and gardens, are represented in three-dimensional quarter view' (Millard). Turgot's plan of Paris has been widely considered a cartographical tour-de-force and one of the most extraordinary feats of cartography, and the most valuable source f … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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