Rare Old Map of Paris, 1795 by Roussel - 18th Century Louvre, Les Invalides, Champs-Élysées
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This is the greatest old map of Paris ever created. Put together by French surveyor Roussel and engraved by Coquart and Delahaye, this map has an incredible level of detail. Please note that this map is French.
This map spans the entirety of central Paris (what would be encircled by the Périphérique or Periph in modern days) and also large swathes of land to the west and east, covering many towns and villages in the 18th century that have since become Parisian suburbs. Some of the areas you can see on this map include: Bois de Boulogne, Bois de Vincennes, Clichy, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Villiers-la-Garenne, Bagnolet, Montreuil-sous-Bois, Montrouge, Issy-les-Moulineaux and more.
This map was first published in 1731 and updated in 1795 - which means that almost all of the important 18th century buildings can be found on this map, including the Louvre, Champs-Élysées, Les Invalides, and Pantheon amongst many others. The Arc de Triomphe hadn't been built yet though - that would pop up a few years later.
This map covers the reigns of Louis XIV, XV and XVI - and Marie Antoinette.
The Bastille is still visible on this map - the Storming of the Bastille had occurred just a few years prior.
I strongly encourage you to zoom into the listing images and see just how little some parts of Paris have changed over the last 330 years (though some parts have changed dramatically, too!)
John Rocque, the top English engraver at the time, would later use this map to create an English language version.
This large map would be perfect for a hotel or office - but if you have a large space at home, then it would look amazing there as well!
If you would like a specific size to fit a certain space or frame, please get in touch. Or order the size that is closest to your requirement and then I'll get in touch after you order to find out how you would like your map to be customised. I can customise this map in a variety of ways - make it wider, taller, thinner, etc.
Because this map is so large, I recommend getting the map at 90cm or wider. At the smaller 60cm (24in) wide size, the smallest place names will not be legible. I can print and frame this map at massive sizes up to 500cm (16ft) wide - get in touch if you're looking for an extremely large map.
To give you some idea of scale, the model in the listing images is holding the 90x60cm (36x24in) version of this map.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.