ONE OF THE FEW COPIES ON BLUE PAPER.
A complete set of the large colour plan of Paris (86 x 58 cm) drawn up by Victor Clérot and of the
Work published on the occasion of the 1867 Universal Exhibition under the direction of Louis Ulbach for the text and Philippe Burty for the illustration. It opens with Victor Hugo's famous introduction and reproductions of the signatures of the participating authors: Victor Hugo, Louis Blanc, Eugène Pelletan, Edouard Fournier, Ernest Renan, Sainte-Beuve, Berthelot, Littré, Richelet, Théophile Gautier, Amb. Firmin Didot, Lasteyrie, Arsène Houssaye, Violet le Duc, Edgar Quinet, Alexandre Dumas, father and son, Paul Féval, Edmond About, Charles Yiarte, Jules Janin, Edmond Texier, Chamfleury, Emile de Girardin, George Sand, Alphonse Karr, Nadar, A. Delvau, Théodore de Banville...
Part One: Science - Art ; includes 3 plans of the Louvre Museum and 1 plan of the Musée des Thermes and the Hôtel de Cluny and 16 double plates (plan of the main theatres of Paris).
51 off-text plates by Bracquemond, Popelin, Lalanne, Parent, Violet le Duc, Daubigny, Fichot.
Part Two: Life ; includes 3 plans and 4 folding maps. 60 off-text plates by Daumier, Rosa Bonheur, Cham, Rops, Henri Monnier, Cham, Delaunay, Lalanne, Morin...
COPIES PRESERVED IN THEIR FRAGILE CARDBOARD PUBLISHER WITH THE ARMS OF PARIS.
Vicar, VI, 388; Carteret III, 454-456
Full percaline bronze publisher's cardboard, smooth titled spine, plates decorated with the arms of the cities of Paris and the mark of the publisher of the other.
The gilding on the backs has faded.