Urbanism and City Plans
Representations of urban cartography and city plans including examples from the 17th century to the present.


ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXTRAORDINARY FEATS OF CARTOGRAPHY.

Turgot, Michel Etienne. Plan de Paris,( Paris, 1739. Plan de Paris Commence l'Annee 1734... Levé et Desiné par Louis Bretez Gravé par Claude Lucas / Et Écrit par Aubin. A monumental aerial isometric map of the City of Paris in the year 1739. Twenty (and one diagram plate) copperplate engravings with etching.

The plan is technically known as an isometric projection. The condition is excellent, a bright clean set; occasional marginal tears not affecting the image on a few plates reinforced with archival tape. Each panel is approximately 22” high x 33”wide including margins. Overall dimensions are: 8’-10” high x 10’- 8” wide or 106 ” high x 128 “ wide

Original 20 copperplate engravings from 1739, with one isometric diagram Plan de Paris showing the layout for the large twenty panel set.

PIANTA DI ROMA E DEL CAMPO MARZO

A rare work of Piranesi's to find. Print made from 3 plates mounted together; engraved title: Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzio; dedication: Clementi XIIII Pontifici Maximo Promtori Bonarum Artium Eues, Io. Bt. Piaranesius Architectus. The pltes are still preserved in the Calcographia dell'Istito Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome. The most likely plate for this map is 1774, on the basis of the dedication to the ruling Pope, who died in September of that year, and because it is mentioned in a state of the Catalogo inciso, itself datable to 1774, as being included in the collection of the Veduta Di Roma. Subsequently it is almost always found together with the Veduta dsi Roma. Engraved legend throughout with additional legend at bottom.


LES PROMENADES DE PARIS, 1860

Les Promenades de Paris, 1860’s, various artists, printed by Ch. Chardon, Paris.
Urban design by Baron Georgea-Eugene Haussmann. Commissioned by Napolean III. The project encompassed all aspects of urban planning, both in the centre of Paris and in the surrounding districts: streets and boulevards, regulations imposed on facades of buildings, public parks, sewers and water works, city facilities and public monuments.
Haussmann’s restructuring of Paris gave its present form; its long straight, wide boulevards with their cafés and shops determined a new type of urban scenario and have had a profound influence on the everyday lives of Parisians. Haussmann’s boulevards established the foundation of what is today the popular representation of the French capital around the world, by cutting through the old Paris of dense and irregular medieval alleyways into a rational city with wide avenues and open spaces which extended outwards far beyond the old city limits.

NOUVEAU PLAN DES VILLE, CHATEAU ET JARDINS DE VERSAILLES

Early 18th century, for Louis XIV, 1714, copperplate engraving of the Plan de Versailles. An excellent example of "figure-ground" depiction with copiously engraved notations. " "A new plan of the town, chateau and gardens of Versailles, drawn up on the spot in 1714, with the route which the king has commanded in order to view the garden, the bosquets and the fountains of the said royal chateau of Versailles."

PARIS DE 1512-1547 de la Gran Gouache apres le plan Tapisserie

A late nineteenth century heliogravure facsimilie Plan De Paris after the tapestry from 1512-1547. A three dimensional view with building names and legend. Large 1/5 scale of original.




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