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INVENTORY OF THE COLLECTION OF MAPS OF PARIS, 1754-1907
P910001  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of maps of Paris
    Date (inclusive): 1754-1907
    Collection number: P910001
    Extent: 152 maps
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: A collection of 152 printed maps of Paris and its environs, dating from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. Most are hand-colored, indexed, and many are illustrated with vignettes of famed monuments.
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    Language: Collection material in French

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Collection of Maps of Paris, 1754-1907, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. P910001.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired as a collection in 1991.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed, rehoused, and cataloged by Brian Parshall in 1997.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A collection of 152 printed maps of Paris and its environs, dating from the mid-18th to the early 20th centuries. Most are hand-colored, indexed, and many are illustrated with vignettes of famed monuments. Various innovative cartographic techniques are utilized, including the "méthode Zugenbuhler," the "système Acklin," and the "procédé de géomontographie Bauerkeller," a bas-relief process. Most are mounted on canvas to facilitate folding, and many are in original folders and/or slipcases.
    The collection covers the period during which Paris was transformed from a largely medieval city into a modern metropolis under Napoléon Bonaparte and Napoléon III, reflecting the division of the city into 12 arrondissements, and the building of the rail system and train stations. Most prominent are the changes instigated by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809-1891) for Napoléon III during the 1850s and 60s, including the cutting of wide, straight, arterial thoroughfares; the renovation and expansion of the system of bridges across the Seine; the creation of the modern water and sewer systems; the demolition and rebuilding of the Île de la Cité into an administrative and religious center; and the annexation of the suburbs, resulting in a total of 20 arrondissements. The map from 1873 indicates buildings and monuments destroyed during the Paris Commune. Included also are guides with maps for the Expositions nationales of 1844 and 1849, and Exposition universelle of 1889.
    Unless otherwise specified (i.e. "paper only"), all maps are mounted on canvas.

    Arrangement

    Arranged by date and numbered 1 through 152.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects

    Commune de Paris (France : 1789-1794)
    Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France)
    Exhibitions—France
    Paris (France)—Maps
    Paris (France)—Pictorial Works
    Paris Suburban Area

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Prints
    Maps