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A Parisian Monument to Shopping

Paris. ANONYMOUS [Paris, 1891]
Plan De Paris A Ruban Indicateur Des Magasins Du Bon Marche... . 20 x 27 inches
Two-stone, red & black lithographed folding map here flattened; bit of abrasion else excellent.

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A very attractive plan of Paris produced by the mega-department store, Bon Marche, which is depicted from various perspectives in the four corners of this work. The plan clearly divides the city into its 19 arrondissements, each of which is prominently named. The Grands Magasins du Bon Marche was in fact the world's first department store. The brainchild of Aristide Boucicaut, it was established in 1852 and moved into its massive, purpose-built premises in 1869. It was further enlarged in 1873 and 1876 by Louis-Charles Boileau, this latter extension undertaken with the help of Gustave Eiffel and notable for its use of glass and iron.

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