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Puzzle Paris


Designed by the abbot Jean Delagrive (1689-1757) in 1728, this map of Paris shows the French capital still surrounded by fields and whose center is not yet entirely built. In the title block in the top right corner we can read the title and the author’s name. All around, we can see various figures such as the Pity and the Justice and, below, Minerva, Neptune, Mercure and Venus. On the left there is a portrait of the king Louis XV, then 18-year-old, and the author’s dedication. Around the map, Delagrive designed the façade of certain famous buildings such as the palais du Louvre, the Sorbonne, the Hôpital des Invalides and the church of Notre Dame. On the two sides one can find the alphabetical list of the streets, churches and buildings represented on the map. Delagrive’s was the first map to show the freshly built Champs-Élysées and the first map which could be bought by the public.

Number of pieces: 540

Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm

Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm

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