This is a beautiful 1899 folding map or plan of Paris, France by the French cartographer A. Vuillemin. Centered on the Seine River, it covers embastilled Paris as contained in the Thiers Wall, as well as its immediate vicinity, including part of the Bois de Boulogne. It reflects the transformation and modernization of Paris under Napoleon III and Georges-Eugene Haussmann.
Known in French as the 'Grands Travaux,' Haussmann's redesign of Paris defined it as a modern city, with narrow alleyways and confusing streets replaced by a broad network of grand boulevards, imposing facades, parks, and monuments.
Divided according to 20 Arrondisments, the map notes individual streets, monuments, churches, town halls, railways, gardens and palaces. Important and historic buildings are shown in profile. This map was drawn by A. Vuillemin and engraved by E. George.
Alexandre Aimé Vuillemin (1812 - 1880) was an engraver, publisher, and editor based in Paris, France in the middle of the 19th century. Despite a prolific publishing career, much of Vuillemin's life is shrouded in mystery. In 1852, he married Josephine Caroline Goret and they had at least one child, Ernestine Adèle Vuillemin, later in the same year. 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.
Average. Original linen backing exhibits wear and some splits. Overall toning. Some wear along fold lines, including parts of map chipped off. Accompanied by 46 page street index booklet and original binder.