This is an extremely attractive c.1908 tourist pocket map of Paris, France. Published by Garnier Freres, the map centers on the Seine River, and covers the embastilled heart of Paris. Although ostensibly designed as a subway map, this map offers much more, showing important buildings and monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur, the Pantheon, etc. This map was issued in various editions from, roughly 1900 to 1937. Though most examples are undated, we can assign an approximate date due to the development of the Metro system and the map's overall style and construction. This map helpfully also indicates lines that are under construction. In this expression of the map, line 6 is shown to be under construction between Place d'Italie and Nation, which was opened on March 1, 1909. For our purpose focusing on this extension of the 6 line, as yet unopened when this map was printed, fixes the publication date at 1908. This map was engraved by L. Poulmarie and printed by Dufrenoy. Published by Garnier Frères of 6 Rue de Saints-Peres, Paris.
Garnier Frères (1833 - June, 1983) was a large and prominent publishing house and bookstore based in Paris, France. The publishing firm was founded in 1833 by the brothers Auguste (1812 - 1887) and Hippolyte Garnier (1815 or 1816 – 1859, photo at right). Their younger brother Pierre-Auguste (1807 – 1899) also joined the firm. Yet another brother, Baptiste-Louis Garnier (1822 - 1893) joined in 1844. The popular Paris bookshop, located in the arcades of the Palais-Royal in the gallery Peristyle Montpensier, followed shortly after in 1838. They opened another location in 1853 in the former government hotel, at the corner of rue de Lille and rue des Saints-Pères. The firm prospered through the publication of low cost editions French classics. Their corpus of work includes maps, guides, novels, historical works, and essays. In June of 1983 the firm filed for bankruptcy and their assents were taken over by Presses de la Cité, a subsidiary of InfoMédia, which was itself liquidated in 2000.
Very good. Some wear along original fold lines. Backed with archival tissue. Blank on verso.