Plan de Paris
1892 (dated) 25.5 x 31 in (64.77 x 78.74 cm)
This is a large format folding map of Paris dating to 1892. Covers the old walled city of Paris plus surrounding areas from the Bois de Boulogne to the Bois de Vincennes. Names countless important buildings, gardens and streets, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Hotel des Invalides, the Jardin des Tuileries, and many other Parisian landmarks. Lithograph color. Prepared by A. Vuillemin for Hachette and Co. of 79 Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris.
Hachette and Company (fl. 1826 – present) was founded by Louis Hachette (1801 - 1864) in 1826 with the purchase of the Paris Bookshop Brédif. Shortly after acquiring the bookshop Louis Hachette began publishing Le Journal pour Tous, a successful general interest magazine. He also published a series of useful reference works which were sold through Paris in bookshops, train stations, and public offices. These included multiple maps and atlases geared toward the tourist visiting Paris for the first time. Louis Hachette himself died in 1864, but his empire continued to grow under the governance of his sons. Eventually the Hachette publishing firm came to dominate French publishing and attracted international interest. Via a series of mergers and acquisitions the firm eventually came under the control of Filipacchi Media and was rename Hachette-Filipacchi. Today the firm publishes books and magazines internationally.
Alexandre Vuillemin (1812-1880) was a cartographer and an book editor based in Paris, France. Despite a prolific cartographic career, much of Vuillemin's life is shrouded in mystery. What is known is that his studied under the prominent French Auguste Henri Dufour (1798-1865). Vuillemin's most important work his detailed, highly decorative large format Atlas Illustre de Geographie Commerciale et Industrielle.
Good conditon. A couple of verso repairs and some wear along original fold lines. Also minor verso repairs where map was originally bound into binder. Original gray linen binder included.