TURGOT, MICHEL ETIENNE and BRETEZ, LOUIS. Plan de Paris commencé l'Année 1734 ... sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot ... Achevé de Graver en 1739. [Paris: s.n., 1739]. Full period brown calf with the arms of the City of Paris (as issued), marbled endpapers. 21 5/8 x 17 inches (55 x 44 cm); 20 plates (plates 18 and 19, with the title cartouche, conjoined as usual). Binding defective, with boards worn and detached, spine fragmentary; lacking the small guide map showing how the sheets were to be assembled into one single large map, the interior generally clean, but with repaired tears to plate 12 and the double plate, several unrepaired tears, generally internally clean. With the bookplate of the Earl of Minto.
One of the great triumphs of 18th-century decorative mapmaking. Per Millard, this is a monumental, "comprehensive and unique" map of Paris, celebrating that great city and providing a "major record of the architecture and gardens." Drawn with a bird's-eye perspective (remarkable in an age before flight), the map is oriented to the east to allow the portals of churches to be shown. Berlin Kat. 2506; Cohen-de Ricci 807; Millard French 39.
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