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Chamouin (engraver and publisher)

Choix de 26 vues et monuments. Paris actuel. Dessinés par A.Rouargue.

(Paris, mid 1860s ?).

Reference: 13431
Price: £320 [convert currency]

Full Description

Oblong folio. Engraved title leaf, engraved list of plates, engraved map of Paris, (26) engraved plates (including engraved view of the Nouvel Opéra not called for in list of plates). Publisher’s stamped cloth, with gilt tooled morocco spine. A little occasional light spotting, but the plates are generally clean and fresh.

A set of steel-engraved perspective views of some of the principal buildings of the city of Paris, similar in character to the earlier volume of engravings issued by the same engraver/publisher in the mid 1850s (see that item). With the exception of one plate which provides a view of the lake in the Bois de Boulogne, no plate is repeated from the earlier volume, and the majority of the plates illustrate buildings which had not been illustrated there. The engravings generally are based on drawings credited to the artist A.Rouargue. The list of plates calls for 26 plates including the engraved map of Paris, but the present copy includes one additional plate (engraved by E.Aubert after a drawing by Thorigny) providing a perspective view of the facade of the new Opéra building under construction from the early 1860s onwards to designs by the architect Charles Garnier.