Paris: En vente a la librairie illustrée, 1889. Hardcover. 304pp. Folio [37cm]. Red cloth over boards with beveled edges. Beautiful, ornate titles and illustrations stamped in gilt and black ink on spine and boards. The front hinge is a bit soft, and the textblock is just beginning to crack in spots. Moderate scuffing and soiling to boards, particularly at edges. Moisture damage to the textblock edges. Good +. Item #63387
A compilation of heavily illustrated periodicals. Illustrations primarily capture scenes from the exposition, and "reproductions of art, objects, machines, drawings and engravings by the best artists."
The Exposition Universelle of 1889 was a world's fair held in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille. The event hosted over 60,000 official exhibitors, and attracted more than 32-million visitors from around the world--though many from countries with active monarchies did boycott the fair. The Eiffel Tower was constructed especially for the exhibition, taking approximately two years to complete. At the time it was the world's tallest structure. By the end of the exhibition, nearly two million people had ascended the tower, climbing a narrow, winding staircase to the viewing platform.