Atlas of Rare City Maps: Comparative Urban Design, 1830-1842

Atlas of Rare City Maps: Comparative Urban Design, 1830-1842

by Melville C Branch
     
 

The map-plans in this collection of forty cities in Europe, Russia, the United States, and Asia were first published in the mid- nineteenth century by England's Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. These maps were all commissioned and drawn within a period of thirteen years, presenting a unique opportunity to compare urban development among 40 cities in

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The map-plans in this collection of forty cities in Europe, Russia, the United States, and Asia were first published in the mid- nineteenth century by England's Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. These maps were all commissioned and drawn within a period of thirteen years, presenting a unique opportunity to compare urban development among 40 cities in 19 countries at one moment in time. An exquisite feast for the eye, the hand-colored, hand-lettered steel engravings are artistic masterpieces in themselves, representative of an era of exceptional artisanal skill. They are reproduced here in fine detail in an oversized format.
The Atlas of Rare City Maps includes both well-known European and American cities such as Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, and Venice, as well as smaller cities like Calcutta, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Lisbon, Marseille, Parma, and Stockholm. An introductory essay by Melville C. Branch discusses the historical evolution of urban design, and provides a background on engraving techniques. Branch also evaluates each map-plan, remarking on the details of each engraving and the evolution of the forms of the cities, their histories, and demographic characteristics.
This rare collection first appeared in its modern form twenty years ago in a limited edition (Arno Press); long out of print, this book has been much sought after by architects, urban planners, and map enthusiasts everywhere. Princeton Architectural Press is proud to make available once again this valuable resource.

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A superbly illustrated study of the history, nature, and patterns of growth of 40 well-known urban centers in 19 countries, tracing their development up to the 1840s. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

An Atlas of Rare City Maps is by far the most strangely beautiful book I've seen in years. It's composed of amazingly detailed, finely engraved maps, dating from the 1830s, of European, North American, and Asian cities, with expert commentary to explain it all. Men's Journal

Journal of the Intl. Map Collector Society (UK)
Its sub-title 'Comparative Urban Design, 1830-1842', gives a better indication of the content of this second, revised, edition, of an impressive book first published in 1978. Many of us will doubtless have come across the publications of that encouragingly named 'Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge', and 40 of the city plans produced by the Society between 1830 and 1844, and here reproduced, are the basis of this study.
This is a publication of high quality, and an important contribution to the study of city mapping and urban development in the 19th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568980737
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
12.95(w) x 14.55(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Melville C. Branch has been a pioneer in his field for half a century and was the first in the world to receive a doctorate in planning (Harvard, 1949). He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Urban Planning and Development, University of S

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