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Monuments et rues de Paris.
Paris G. Englemann for Rittner et Goupil and Susse Freres 1839 - Large folio (40 x 55 cm). Title, 20 lithographed plates with protection leaf (one protection leaf missing); slight marginal soiling, light occasional spotting. Publisher's half sheep over cloth, upper cover and flat spine lettered in gilt; rubbed, spine ends restored. Very rare pictorial record of romantic Paris, before the French capital was deeply restructered during Napoleon III's Second Empire. Apparently no copy in the CCFR and at the BnF, none in the UK and only one in the USA, in the P. Morgan library in NY. We could not trace any copy selling at auction in recent decades either. This is one of the first publications of the young William Wyld (1806-89), an English painter and lithographer who had set his studio in Paris in 1834. Wyld won a gold medal at the Paris Salon for his 2m wide canvas "Venice at Sunrise" the year he published these Monuments et rues de Paris. Friends with the French painters Ary Scheffer and Paul Delaroche, he first painted orientalist scenes, before turning to more classical architectural representations. This series is a compilation of twenty fine views of Paris, varying from monuments and avenues to views over the Seine river and even a panorama of the city from the celebrate Pere Lachaise cemetery. Some of them, such as the representations of the Palais des Tuileries, the Marché des Innocents or the Pont des Sts Pères, testify to the beauty of these monuments that no longer exist. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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Last Found On: 2016-10-02           Check availability:      ZVAB    


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