Mes Voyages aux Environs de Paris…. Joseph DELORT.
Mes Voyages aux Environs de Paris…
Mes Voyages aux Environs de Paris…

Mes Voyages aux Environs de Paris…

One engraved map of Paris and its outskirts, four engraved plates & 24 folding facsimiles of documents. vi, 322 pp.; 2 p.l., 335 pp. Two vols. 8vo, fine cont. sprinkled sheep (foot of spine of Vol. I with minor defect), gilt borders on covers, flat spines gilt, green morocco lettering pieces on spines, marbled edges. Paris: Picard-Dubois, 1821.

First edition and a fine copy of this guide to the outskirts of Paris. Delort (1789-1847), historian, worked in the French Ministry of the Interior. In the preface, Delort explains that he was engaged to explore these areas and record notable places and the stories of celebrated individuals who lived there. Divided into a number of “Voyages,” which are then separated by related facsimiles of correspondence and their transcriptions, the book is written in a mix of prose and verse. He describes the lives of important historical figures such as Fouquet, Henri IV, Marie Antoinette, and Voltaire. Particularly interesting are the vivid descriptions of neighborhoods which were suburbs in the 19th century but have since been subsumed by the metropolis. There are lengthy accounts of numerous chateaux, churches and cathedrals, villages, aqueducts, and cemeteries, as well as etymologies and historical information about the outskirts.

The map of Paris and its suburbs is exceptionally detailed. The four plates depict various landmarks which Delort encounters on his trips.

A fine copy.

❧ N.B.G., Vol. 13, cols. 499-500.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 5916

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