Paris Map Guide (Street Maps Book 11)
The amount of work involved must have been staggering. Instead, they stayed firmly on the ground drafting a street map in perspective based on a grid. Next, they walked through the town sketching the facades of buildings that would appear from the viewing direction that they had chosen. Finally, they drafted the final panorama, filling in detail from the building sketches they made in the field.
I assume that is how the Parisian mapmakers proceeded: plan, sketch, assemble. But Paris is huge. The enormous Turgot map took two years to create. This was the era of flat, two-dimensional maps that look surprisingly like satellite views, thanks to improvements in surveying techniques. But Turgot wanted something beautiful , something that showed the details.
He bypassed professional mapmakers in favour of Louis Bretez, a member of the Academy known for his architectural drawings and paintings. It was quite a commission.
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The map is oriented towards the southeast, so most monuments are shown at an angle, not straight on. Although Bretez taught perspective at the Academy, he was instructed to depict all buildings at the same scale, wherever they were located. So there is no vanishing point on this map, no horizon. It sounds like a dream assignment.
Bretez toiled from to He probably relied on existing surveys and maps for most of the underlying plan and focused on the architectural details. When he was finished, it took another three years for the engravers to make the plates the map is in 20 sections and print them.
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Then Turgot distributed the map to everyone who was anyone in European trade. Turgot thought big. The one at the book fair was the original size and looking at it, I felt I could almost climb inside Paris of the s. The model is holding the portfolio that would contain the 20 sheets. Text and original photographs by Philippa Campsie. As someone who loves maps, i found this a wonderful piece. Like Emma, I was tracing my walks on the screen.
Thank you so much. Wonderful post! I love studying old maps, paintings, photos, and drawings of Paris. It is so much more meaningful now that I am familiar with the city, and have walked so many of the streets myself. Thanks for the entertainment. I find myself constantly looking at my little map guide of Paris…picking one area and trying to learn the street names and locations so that on my next trip it will seem familiar to me.
Love this article…. Tremendous Philippa!! Thanks a lot! This was a wonderful post! While living in Paris last summer I actually used them to find houses of some of my favorite French characters—from Voltaire to Napoleon. They are so fascinating.
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Thanks for sharing. I can look for hours at street maps, especially the old ones like you have reprinted in this article. Thank you. I just discovered your site while researching info on La Grande Roue. Wonderful information so rich in detail. This was a great background piece. Found a great shop on rue Francois Mirron.
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Pondering whether to buy the pretty big Turgot map they have. Can we send by post? But I love knowing more about the history. Last year, we bought a book with good-quality reproductions of the whole thing. We found it in a bookshop on the rue Bonaparte, just south of the Place St-Sulpice, although we have seen it in other bookshops.
Fold-out maps and lists of streets and monuments. Ah, rue Bonaparte. That would be a good place to look too. Good idea!
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Tho we may just stick with that shop on rue Francois Mirron. Plan to measure our suitcase or bring it to be sure the tube fits.
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As terrific as the easily readable maps are, however, there is much more here. Packed into Popular and portable, The Paris Mapguide -now in its second edition-contains everything visitors need to know to enjoy themselves in, get the best out of, and find their way around Paris. Packed into these 64 pages is a surprising amount of information about the many different sights and activities to see and do in and around the City of Light. Get A Copy. Paperback , 64 pages. Published April 30th by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Paris Mapguide , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Is it fair to say Paris is an ancient city? I might have my history askew, but I swear originally it was settled by vikings upon the island in the River Seine that today houses Notre Dame.
So does that make it ancient? Good golly, what does it matter? The point is, Paris is as old as sin. It may not be Rome-amazing, the sort of city in which every direction you turn there's some year old ruin to see. Yet, Paris holds a wealth of antiquity and a cornucopia of aged charm. So how do you come t Is it fair to say Paris is an ancient city? So how do you come to grips with it all? You could educate yourself prior to your visit via the internet, and that's a smart step.
But what happens once you get there and are inevitably overwhelmed, not sure which way to turn to find the Louvre or down what side street that elusive Picasso museum might be? Sure, you could bring along a bog-standard map and that'll show you the streets. But if you're not familiar with the city, that's only going to take you so far.