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A map of Paris, 1839, owned by Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

by on November 16, 2012

from Tessa Rose, Maps & Rare Books

Sorting through material which surfaced after the decant of Bodleian Special Collections from the New Library,

Map of Paris (1839), owned by Anthony Trollope

Map of Paris (1839), owned by Anthony Trollope

I came across a box of maps in the Dunston collection. Whilst cataloguing a city plan of Paris I realised that it was signed by the novelist Anthony Trollope.

The map is Nouveau plan de la ville de Paris, divisé en 12 arrondissements et 48 quartiers. (1839). It is reasonably large at 59 x 87 cm, but folded into a cover to make it pocket-sized. It is typical of its age and type with a street index and vignettes of Parisian landmarks. The arrondissements are outlined in different colours, but the inaccuracy of the appearance indicates that this was carried out post purchase.

It is not known whether Trollope had the map for his own use as a visitor to the city or to use as reference material for his work La Vendée: An historical novel. His brother, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, also wrote three travel books on France so this map may have come to Anthony that way.
Signature of Anthony Trollope from a map of Paris (1839)

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