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Paris France 1739




Restored bird’s eye view map of Turgot’s Map of Paris, 1739, by Louis Bretez.  Michel-Etienne Turgot, who held the mayor-like office of Prévôt des Marchands de Paris, commissioned Louis Bretez and Claude Lucas to produce this map in 1734.  It took the team nearly five years of exhaustive sketching and surveying to assemble this masterpiece. In order to produce the thousands of sketches and surveys required to complete this map, Bretez was issued a permit to enter every building in Paris. The completed map which consists of twenty individual sheets, is roughly 8 feet by 10 feet when assembled

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30×36, 20×24