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Nouvelles Voitures dites Omnibus. [Drop title]: Nouvelles Voitures a 25 Centimes par Station, qui circulent dans Paris.
Chez Godet, 1828. Folding brochure, with 4 engravings of carriage models in use. Bound with: Tarif des Nouvelles et Anciennes Voitures. Folded brochure, 34.5 cm x 19 cm. Bound in contemporary (original?) grey card covers with manuscript title label on cover. Extremely rare illustrated brochure announcing the introduction of mass public transport to Paris, the second city to adopt the ¿omnibus¿ after its invention in Nantes by Stanislas Baudry in 1826. As the present work makes it clear, however, the original purpose of such carriages was hardly to transport workers to and from their jobs, but rather to make sightseeing day-trips and everyday voyages from one neighborhood to the next both accessible and affordable to middle-class Parisians. Evidently intended as a promotional brochure, and presumably published at Baudry¿s behest, the present work announces the introduction of ¿new carriages from 25 centimes per station, now operating in Paris¿. Four different types of public transport carriage are described: first the newly-established Omnibus (which fits at least a dozen passengers, judging by the illustration), followed by the Batignolaise, the Dame Blanche (a large vehicle distinguished by its white color and elegant trim), the Favorite, the Diligente, the Tricycle, the Béarnaise, the Écossais (with its distinctive Tartan lining), and the Caroline. Four of these (the Omnibus, the Dame Blanche, the Tricycle and the Écossais) are illustrated with fine engravings depicting the vehicle in action on the cobbled streets of Paris. The brochure offers timetables and station stops … [Click Below for Full Description]
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