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Item #40908 Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739. Michel Etienne TURGOT, Marquis de Sousmons, Louis BRETEZ.
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...
Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...

Plan de Paris, Commencé l'Année 1734. Dessiné et Gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739 ...

Paris: [1739-40]. Folio. (21 5/8 x 17 1/2 inches). Folding index map and very large perspective plan on 20 sheets by Claude Lucas after Louis Bretez, sheets 18 and 19 joined as issued, decorative engraved border with fleur-de-lys cornerpieces, title in elaborate figural cartouche.

Contemporary calf, Boards with gilt, borders fleur-de-lys at corners, gilt Arms of Paris on front board, spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges, red morocco labels, marble endpapers.

A First Copy of the First edition of the monumental Turgot plan of Paris: a cartographical tour-de-force. The best 18th-century plan of Paris, and among the most impressive of all city plans.

The 20 sheets of this impressive atlas form a single enormous plan, which when joined would be approximately 8.25 x 10.5 feet. The map covers an area approximately corresponding to the first eleven of the modern-day arrondissements and is the best 18th century plan of Paris. In 1734, Michel-Étienne Turgot, chief of the municipality of Paris, in order to promote the reputation of Paris commissioned a new map of the city. He asked Louis Bretez, member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and professor of perspective, to draw up the plan of Paris and its suburbs. As Turgot requested a very faithful map with great accuracy, for two years Bretez was allowed to enter into the mansions, houses and gardens of the city in order to take precise measurements. In the eighteenth century, the trend was to abandon the Renaissance-style portraits of cities for geometric plans, as technically and mathematically superior. The Turgot plan, however, on an isometric projection oriented toward the southeast, uses a system of perspective cavaliere: two buildings of the same size are represented by two drawings of the same size, whether the buildings are close or distant. The effect is a mesmerizing bird's eye view which shows the city in all its magnificence. Claude Lucas, engraver of the Royal Academy of Sciences, masterfully engraved the plan, which was published between 1739 and 1740. The map was bound in elegant volumes and offered to the King, the members of the Academy, the Municipality, and important visiting dignitaries.

Brunet I:1224; Cohen de Ricci 803; Boutier, Les Plans de Paris des origines, BNF, 2002, 219; Millard, French 39; Berlin Katalog, 2506; Pinon 61.

Item #40908

Price: $24,000.00