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Navy Hydrographic Office, Plan of La Rochelle (undated)

Navy Hydrographic Office, Plan of La Rochelle (undated)

A very comprehensive collection of city plans may be consulted in the Maps and Plans Department at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu). This collection ranges from city portraits and bird’s eye or isometric views characteristic of the earliest representations of cities to today’s geometrical plans.
Readers can study the beginnings of European urban culture via the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, a late 17th century collection of printed plates, or the specific features of coastal cities around the world via hand-drawn plans from the Hydrographic Office (16th-17th century).

Contemporary cities are also represented in these collections: medium-scale topographical maps, large-scale maps from the French Ministry for Territorial Reconstruction following the Second World War, plans for urban displays throughout the world belonging to the Decaux company, etc.

The Prints and Photographs Department holds very extensive collections of printed and hand-drawn city plans ranging from the 16th century to modern times: general plans, bird’s eye views, partial plans of urban development projects, etc.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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