Pichon, Nouveau Plan Routier de la Ville et Faubouge Paris..., 1782. 39¼ x 54¾. Uncolored as issued. Remarkable condition for a wall map of this age. Four sheets joined and mounted on linen. With old gilded wood upper rail and lower roller, painted teal blue to match the applied paper border at both sides of map. Engraved by Etienne Claude Voysard (1746-1812) and C.B. Glot (fl. 1777-1806). Published by Esnauts & Rapilly. $15,000.00
The plan is enhanced with an engraved picture frame border and flanked on all sides with 28 views of buildings and monuments. Extensive keys list coordinates for streets and parishes; the scale bar is in toises. Major buildings are identified, and several windmills are seen in adjacent fields. At upper right much land is given to cultivation of grapes as seen from fields studded with symbols for staked vines. The decorative cartouche features Fame, putti, and personifications of the River Seine and of the City of Paris (who holds the arms of the City). A pre-Revolutionary map in a remarkable state of preservation.
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