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Parys: Matthäus Merian 1654

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  • Title: Parys
  • Author: Matthäus Merian
  • Date: 1654
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 17 1/2" x 13 3/4"
  • Centimeters: 44.87 x 35.26
  • Product ID: 003517

Lovely Plan in Elevation of the City of Paris

The plan is printed on the diagonal, with north in the bottom right.  Scale approximately 1/15,000.  Hospitale de S.Louis, founded by King Henry IV (1553–1610), King of France and Navarre, in 1607 to relieve the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris during the plague, shown to the lower left, just outside the vast but now long-vanished fortifications of Etienne Marcel.  Across the city to the southeast The Bastille overlooks the Canal Saint-Martin.  Notre Dame is just left of center, the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries gardens to the west.  The plan continues across the Seine to the left-bank and the open countryside beyond.

Reference; Jean Boutier, Les Plans de Paris..., #89