This is the final blog post in our Paris Tour with Victor Hugo series. Thanks for reading along! See here about unconventional maps and other guides that you can take with you to Paris. Or that you can browse from home!
Image: Galignani's New Paris Guide, 17th edition, Paris: A. & W. Galignani,1832.
Thank you for reading along as we wandered through 19th century Paris! As you follow our route, we suggest taking along an old guidebook, such as our copy of Galignani’s New Paris Guide, 17th edition (1832), in addition to the more conventional and up-to-date guides (or apps...).
This rare guide to Paris contains detailed pull-out maps, some in color and some in black and white. It was published two years after the July Revolution - as vividly described in Hugo's Les Misérables.
The year "1832" is penciled in on the title page, and on the fly leaf is inscribed “Chas. W. Tairo 1836.” The covers are green embossed in gold. The spine is partially missing and covers loose, but the book block and maps are in great condition.
The guide also contains incredible full-page etchings of sites throughout Paris in very good condition.
Our Rare Monuments of Paris Board Game
And if you want a little bit of Parisian touring from the comfort of home, The Curio’s collection includes this game board printed and painted on paper with the famous monuments of Paris - dice not included. You may have noticed that images of this game board have been scattered throughout the last blog post (See the link to that post here).
Figuring out the year this was printed has been the ultimate game for us! Many of the monuments on the board no longer exist. Some are immediately recognizable as existing today, and some exist but with different names or different architectural features.
Even though this was not intended to be a drinking game, it became one for us anyhow!
Here is what we noticed in order to determine the date...
The Pantheon de Paris
First, the Pantheon is called “Sainte-Geneviève,” and, crucially, it is topped with a white flag instead of a cross. The dome of this building, finished in 1790, was first provisionally topped with a cross as it waited for a statue of St. Genevieve.
The cross was then ripped down by order of the revolutionaries, and Claude Dejoux’s “La Renommée” (a thirty foot high statue of the figure Fame) was mounted there in 1792 and remained even after the status of “Temple of People” was rescinded by Napoleon I in 1806.
This statue remained until the church was officially consecrated in 1822, whereupon a bronze cross replaced Dejoux’s piece.
In 1830, the cross and the designation as a church were removed, and a flag put in its place. This remained until 1851, when upon the order of Napoleon III it was reconsecrated as a church (albeit with no parish) and the bronze cross reinstated.
The Communards of Paris then ripped it down in 1871 and replaced it with a red flag, and finally the marble cross seen on the dome today was installed in 1873.
St. Genevieve was officially re-re-re-deconsecrated in 1881, but it was only renamed Le Pantheon de Paris in 1885 - specifically for Victor Hugo’s burial.
Second, to the right of the image of La Fontaine des Innocents, you will see a bridge called Pont du Jardin du Roi. Before 1814 and then after 1830, this bridge was given the name Pont d’Austerlitz.
You can see the bridge in the middle of this map from 1832.
Because of the very short overlap of dates for these two monuments, we can definitively place this game in only one year: 1830.
The game board was recently reframed by Walnut Hill Fine Art in Hudson, New York. Using museum quality techniques and craftsmanship, it is framed in American walnut with maple splines, mounted on 8-ply acid free matting, and is under archival glass with a UV protective coating.
More About Paris...
We have also started an interesting Pinterest board called “Lost Paris.” There you can find a few images the transition from old Paris to the Haussmannian renovations of the 1850s.
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