Paris 1739

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In 1734 Michel Etienne Turgot, Prevot des Marchands de Paris, ordered Louis Bretez to begin work on an elaborate plan-view of the city. Five years later the Turgot Plan was published in 20 sheets as engraved by Claude Lucas. Because of its enormous size (over 8 by 10 feet when mounted) and its great rarity, few persons have had the opportunity to see and appreciate this stunning example of urban topographic art. Later the municipality of Paris had every detail of the entire plan re-engraved, but at two-fifths of its original scale on 4 large sheets. This facsimile, too, has become extremely scarce. It is this version that we have made available as one of the landmarks of urban cartography. Set of four sheets. Image shows the center detail.

Size: 38 1/2 x 49 1/2 inches when joined – Black & White, Cover-stock Paper

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