George Bauerkeller’s rare and strikingly modern plan of Paris

By BAUERKELLER, George, 1842 

Nouveau Plan de Paris en Relief. Par le procédé de Géomontographie Bauerkeller, Breveté. 1842 4eme Edition.

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  • Author: BAUERKELLER, George
  • Publication place: Paris
  • Publisher: Baukeller & Cie Brevetés
  • Publication date: 1842.
  • Physical description: Embossed chromolithograph plan.
  • Dimensions: 690 by 550mm (27.25 by 21.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2118

Notes

This strikingly modern plan of Paris was published by the German Georg Bauerkeller in 1842. The plan is printed in 12 colours. The buildings shown in white relief, with major public buildings highlighted in red. To the left of the plan is a brief explanation, which states that the Arrondissements are are represented by a different colours and marked by Roman numerals, with the 48 quarters picked out in Arab numerals.

Little is known about the Bauerkeller cartographic publishing firm. Headed by Georg Bauerkeller, they were apparently based in Darmstadt, Germany, just south of Frankfurt, but also maintained an office in Paris. They were active for about 30 years from the 1830s through the 1860s, and produced maps, plans, and small atlases. They are best known for the maps they produced using the geomontographie’ — the process employed in the production of the present map.

Rare. The OCLC only records five institutional copies: those in the BNF, the BL, Bern University Library, Zentrbibliothek Zurich, and the Bavarian State Library.