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Le Canal Interocéanique d’après les documents officiels.
Paris, Ch. Delagrave, Editeur, Collection Muret, [1885]. 1885 - Coloured plaster cast model (148 x 410 mm.), lithographed. 1 engraved map (457 x 360 mm.), hand-colored. (Box discreetly repaired. Slight loss of title, map somewhat foxed and browned). Cloth backed folding book-shaped box (427 x 164 x 48 mm.), spine with two paper labels ("Ch. Muret Canal Interocéanique", « Collections Muret, Médaille d’or à l’exposition d’Anvers »). Scarce and striking plaster cast representation of the Panama Canal: one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, that made it possible for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time previously required. This Cast relief is one of the first representation of this key conduit for international maritime trade and the shorter, faster, safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and along the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the global economy. For example, the trade between Australia and United States increased, and it also had an important impact during WW2. Appended, a map from the same editor: Delagrave, "Carte du Canal de Panama, d’après les derniers travaux de la Commission d’étude approuvé par l’Académie des Sciences par Ch. Muret, Géomètre de la ville de Paris, Membre de la Société de Géographie". For the present plan, its author, the French mathematician and surveyor Charles Muret, won a gold medal from the World Exhibition in Antwerp in 1885. The plaster cast is neatly colored showing the mountains in green, the sea in blue, and the cities and villages in red, embedded as it were within a map of the surrounding area. It allows to figure the difficulty of the enterprise but also, thanks to the world map mounted on the insidelid of the box, to see the importance of the Canal in opening up the shipping routes of the world. World Cat locates only one copy in libraries around the world, one in France. In 2010, this copy was on exhibit to at the BnF (National French Library) as part of the exhibition: « Des trésors pour l’été, enrichissements remarquables de la Bibliothèque nationale de France ». Fine condition of this scarce and exceptional item, depicting this project, achieved in 1914 by American engineers. Carte en relief, en plâtre (148 x 410 mm.) 1 carte gravée, aquarellée. Emboîtage en forme de livre (427 x 164 x 48 mm.), demi-toile, dos lisse, pièces de titre contrecollées, tranches marbrées. Très rare représentation en relief du Canal de Panama : l'une des plus grandes et des plus difficiles entreprises, qui réduisit de moitié le temps nécessaires aux navires pour passer de l'Atlantique au Pacifique. Il s'agit de la première représentation sous cette forme du Canal, et son auteur Charles Muret remporta une médaille d'or à l'exposition Universelle d'Anvers en 1885. World Cat ne référence qu'un exemplaire de la carte en relief, à la BnF, qui fut exposé en 2010, lors de la manifestation : « Des trésors pour l’été, enrichissements remarquables de la Bibliothèque nationale de France ». Exceptionnel objet en très bel état. Coloured plaster cast model (148 x 410 mm.), lithographed. 1 engraved map (457 x 360 mm.), handcolored. Scarce and striking plaster cast representation of the Panama Canal: one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, that made it possible for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time previously required. This Cast relief is one of the first representation of this key conduit for international maritime trade and the shorter, faster, safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and along the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the global economy. For the present plan, its author, the French mathematician and surveyor Charles Muret, won a goldmedal from the World Exhibition in Antwerp in 1885. World Cat locates only one copy in libraries around the world, one in France. In 2010, this copy was on exhibit to at the BnF (National French Library) a
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