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PARIS, ROADS.]
Bail de l'entretenement des chaussées de pavé des chemins de Paris à Meaux, par Pentin, Bondis, Livry, Clayes, et autres lieux. Et par Les Petits Ponts, Compans, et autres lieux. Fait à Pierre Colin maistre paveur à Paris, pour neuf années .
Paris, la veuve de Claude Thiboust, 1691. [bound with:]Bail de l'entretenement des chaussées de pavé des chemins de Paris à Pontoise, passant par Sanois et Franconville, et par la Barre et autres lieux. Fait à Pierre Colin maistre paveur à Paris, pour neuf années . Paris, la veuve de Claude Thiboust, 1691.2 works in 1 vol., 12mo, pp. 43, [1 blank]; 26; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces; occasional light toning; very good copies in contemporary limp vellum, later ink title to spine; slight cockling to covers; both works interleaved with blank leaves, leaf following title of second work with contemporary note to verso (see below); armorial bookplate 'De la bibliothèque de Mme la Comtesse des Courtils' to front pastedown, 20th-century engraved bookplate of Paul Lacombe to front free endpaper. Two unrecorded works detailing the contracts awarded in 1690 to Pierre Colin, master paver, for the repair, maintenance and improvement of all the roads between Paris and Meaux (40 km to the east of the capital) and between Paris and Pontoise (28 km to the northwest), for a duration of nine years. Both texts are of considerable interest, not least for allowing one to trace, in such detail, the routes between the capital and its suburbs as they existed at the close of the 17th century under Louis XIV.The texts describe each of the roads covered by the contracts, giving their dimensions and construction (sandstone, cobblestones etc.), provide detailed instructions regarding repairs and upkeep (e.g. new paving stones to be seven to eight inches thick, holes to be properly filled, anyon … [Click Below for Full Description]
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