1878 Paris Tourist Map Reproduction Fine Art Giclee Print
This Paris map, created in 1878 as Nouveau Paris Monumental itineraire Pratique de L’Etranger Dans Paris, is a reproduction giclee print. This is an iconic 1878 tourist pocket map of Paris, France – we believe the earliest example of this map. Presented as a same field birds-eye view, this map centers on the Seine River, and covers the embastilled heart of modern Paris.
The map features important monuments and buildings rendered pictorially, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, the Pantheon, etc. Paris itself is set as if in a verdant garden surrounded by the Bois de Boulogne and various suburban villages. In the north, under a blue sky rolling hills stretch indefinitely into Normandy and possibly the english Channel.
The regions outside the walled city are mostly in view format, with a horizon in at top and trees, buildings, and bridges shown in profile. The overall effect sends a message to the view, Paris is not just as collections of streets and alleys, but an 'assemblage of enduring monuments' (Conley), a tableau of modernity punctuated, by a long and fascinating history as a center of commerce, education, arts, and culture.
This map was issued in multiple editions well into the 20th century. We believe the present example to be the earliest known edition. Though undated, this map was most likely first drawn for the third Paris World's Fair (exposition Universelle) of 1878, the grounds of which are identified here roughly where the eiffel Tower stands today.
It was at this exposition that the Statue of Liberty, only partially complete, was first presented to the world. Both the eiffel Tower and the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, built after the making of this map, are not featured here. In later years, once construction on the Paris Metro got underway, this plan was embraced by numerous publishers as a composite tourist guide and metro map.
Of course, given the date there are no metros yet extant, however, its cooption as Metro Map elevated this presentation of Paris to iconic status. engraved by F. Dufour and printed by Dufrenoy. Published by Garnier Frères of 6 Rue de Saints-Peres, Paris. CARTOGRAPHER Librairie Garnier Freres. The Librairie Garnier Freres were a large and prominent publishing house based in Paris, France.
The "Freres" were active from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century. Their corpus of work includes maps, guides, novels, historical works, and essays.
These vintage map giclee prints make outstanding works of art, and are sure to spark some lively conversations with friends and family. They also make a great gift item for those who appreciate vintage geography in their home or office.
OUR GICLEE PRINTS
Your giclee print will be created using archival, fade-resistant, pigment inks, heavyweight, museum-quality paper and a 9-color process fine-art printer to ensure the most vivid, detailed and long-lasting print. To prevent fading, as with all prints, please never expose them to direct sunlight. To protect your investment, we recommend that you mat and frame your prints.
There is no mat or frame included with this print other than the high-quality basswood frames we use to create our ready-to-hang gallery wrapped canvas prints.
This Paris map giclee print is offered in the most popular sizes to make matting and framing a breeze with your local retailer. The print you will receive will measure exactly the dimensions you ordered. It is designed in such a manner that all of the main image will fit well within the standard mat that comes with frames that you can purchase at many retail stores.
All of our prints are carefully positioned with an approximate half inch border on all sides for matting and framing, although this may vary slightly based on the size of print you order and the size of the original image. If you would like a different size border, or need to know the exact border size, or a borderless print, just let me know when you place your order.
MATTING & FRAMING TIPSSelect the PRINT SIZE for your needs, then add the mat dimensions to the print size to determine what your final frame size should be. When you plan to mat a print, the rule of thumb is to order your PRINT SIZE one size smaller than your frame size--this allows for the addition of the mat of your choosing. For a statement wall, bigger is
better, both with the print size, and the frame size.
TYPICAL FRAME SIZES AVAILABLE AT RETAIL STORES
The 5" x 7" FRAME size is a very popular size because they are the perfect size to display on a desktop at work, home, or, make an excellent gift choice
8" x 10" FRAMES are top sellers | Many 8" x 10" frames come with a mat for a 5" x 7" image, allowing you to highlight your PRINT.
11" x 14" FRAMES often include a mat for an 8" x 10" PRINT | this size makes a real statement hanging in that perfect spot in your home or office.
16" x 20" FRAMES typically include a mat for an 11" x 14" PRINT |This will usually provide just over 2" of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage.
I ship worldwide in one business day after receiving your paid order. Your prints are protected with Glassine wrapping and shipped in a rigid "Do Not Bend" mailer to ensure it arrives in the same condition as when it was shipped, and for larger sizes, we ship in a sturdy cardboard tube. Your print will arrive safely, or I will replace it.
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