1891 Map of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and its Proposed Reconstruction

CiutatVella-serra-1891
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Ordenanzas Municipales Apendice No. 1 (c) Plano de la Reforma Interior de la Ciudad de Barcelona Aprobado por Reales Decretos de 12 de Abril de 1887 y 14 de Julio de 1889. 1891. - Main View
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1891 Map of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and its Proposed Reconstruction

CiutatVella-serra-1891

Plotting the Urban Renewal of Barcelona's Ciutat Vella.
$500.00

Title


Ordenanzas Municipales Apendice No. 1 (c) Plano de la Reforma Interior de la Ciudad de Barcelona Aprobado por Reales Decretos de 12 de Abril de 1887 y 14 de Julio de 1889. 1891.
  1891 (dated)     19.5 x 25.25 in (49.53 x 64.135 cm)     1 : 3200

Description


This rare 1891 map of Barcelona's Old City, or Ciutat Vella, captures a moment during the rapid urban renewal that took place in Barcelona in the latter half of the 19th century. The plan narrowly focuses on the Ciutat Vella, and superimposes (in color) the proposed layout over the convoluted warren of streets characterizing the old city. The edge of the plan hints at Barcelona's newly instituted grid of octagonal blocks, with which the planned new arrangement of streets in the old city were intended to be consonant. That grid had been implemented in the surrounding Eixample district after 1860 on the plan of Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer; Cerdà's plan, however, had not been applied to this, the oldest part of the city. Despite the removal of the medieval city walls, the claustrophobic layout of the Ciutat Vella remained untouched by the redevelopment apparent on the rest of the plan: hence the purpose of this plan's publication. In 1891, in response to royal decrees of April 12, 1887 and July 14, 1889, A municipal ordinance was issued to plan the radical reconstruction of the old city. The ordinance was accompanied by an appendix of three plans: one of the entire Eixample district surrounding Barcelona, one of the Municipality of Barcelona itself, and this present work, focused specifically on the Ciutat Vella, to illustrate the planned radical reconstruction of the city center. All three are credited to one D. J. M. Serra, and were executed in chromolithograph by the Barcelona photolithographer Thomas and Co. All three plans appear to exist in a single edition.
Publication History and Census
This plan is rare. It appears separately in no auction records or dealer catalogues. We see no examples of the individual map appearing in OCLC, and the full set appears in only two institutional collections, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

CartographerS


D. J. M. Serra (fl. 1890) was the Spanish author of a trio of city plans proposing the redevelopment of the old city of Barcelona along modern lines. He appears to be credited with no other published work, and there is no bibliographical record for him. Learn More...


Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer (December 23, 1815 - August 21, 1876) was a Catalan civil engineer active during the mid-19th century.  Cerdà was born to a wealthy family in Centelles and studied engineering in Madrid.  He moved to Barcelona in 1848 and, appalled by the city's sunless cramped streets and horrific sanitary conditions, lobbied for and successfully instituted a complete urban renewal. Learn More...

Source


Sanchez, Frederic, Ordenanzas municipales de Barcelona: promulgadas como suplemento al Boletín Oficial de esta provincia de 19 de marzo de 1891.(Catalunya; Barcelona 1891).    

Condition


Very good condition. Backed with old silk or extremely fine linen; no mends and extremely minor spotting.

References


cf. OCLC 1120245323.