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An Atlas of Rare City Maps

Comparative Urban Design, 1830-1842

Melville C. Branch

     14.5 × 12.5 in (36.8 × 31.8 cm)
Hardcover, No Dust Jacket
112 pages
40 color illustrations, 25 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 9/1/1997
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568980737


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 13 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. The first in the world to receive a doctorate in planning (Harvard, 1949), Melville C. Branch has been a pioneer in his field for half a century. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California, where he has served since 1966. He is the author of over twenty books on urban and regional planning, including Planning Urban Environment and Comprehensive Planning: General Theories and Principles.


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 Southern California, where he has served since 1966. He is the author of over twenty books on urban and regional planning, including Planning Urban Environment and Comprehensive Planning: General Theories and Principles.


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