By: M. Pichon, Jacques Esnauts, Michel Rapilly
Original Date: 1784 (dated) Paris
Size of Original: 39 x 56 inches (99 x 142 cm)
This is a fine print reproduction of a spectacular, rare wall map of Paris depicts the city immediately prior to the French Revolution, with the Seine and Ile de la Cite as easily identifiable focal points at the center.
The map covers the city and its immediate environs. Extensive tables identify streets, parishes, colleges, hospitals, major architectural edifices and other points of interest. It is framed by a floral border with a title cartouche showing angels and an allegory of Paris, along with symbols of the arts and sciences. Around the map are 8 vignettes portraying landmarks and other places of importance.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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