Notice sur les Solennités célébrées à Strasbourg, pour le Département du Bas-Rhin, le Jour du Couronnement de Napoléon Premier, Empereur des Français. — BOVET.
Notice sur les Solennités célébrées à Strasbourg, pour le Département du Bas-Rhin, le Jour du Couronnement de Napoléon Premier, Empereur des Français.

Notice sur les Solennités célébrées à Strasbourg, pour le Département du Bas-Rhin, le Jour du Couronnement de Napoléon Premier, Empereur des Français.

Four hand-colored folding engraved maps & one fine engraving. 11 pp. 4to, cont. crushed green morocco, sides bordered in gilt, spine gilt. [Strasbourg: F.G. Levrault, 1804].

First edition of this rare and handsomely illustrated work. In order to celebrate Napoleon’s coronation in 1804, the city of Strasbourg initiated a series of a civil engineering and public works projects. The explanatory text details the planned bridge over the Rhine connecting Strasbourg with Kehl, an orangerie dedicated to Empress Josephine, a canal to protect against flooding and to circumvent a turbulent part of the Rhine, a performance hall, and the extension of a central boulevard. The measurements and purpose of each structure are also noted.

The maps are all finely engraved and hand-colored with grey borders. The first map depicts the portion of the river adjacent to Strasbourg and a cross-section of the new bridge to be constructed (with high- and low-water marks shown). The second presents the ornate landscaping which will surround the orangerie, as well as a smaller floorplan. The third shows the location of the new canal. The projected performance hall and prolonged boulevard are shown on the fourth and final map. The final engraving offers a ground-level view of the performance hall.

Fine and attractive copy. WorldCat locates no copy in the U.S.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 5753

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