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Curiosities of Paris : an idiosyncratic guide to overlooked delights ... hidden in plain sight

Author: Simon Beaver; Dominique Lesbros
Publisher: New York : Little Bookroom, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English editionView all editions and formats
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"This absorbing compendium is an essential addition to the library of the armchair traveler and flaneur alike. Lavishly illustrated with 800 color photographs, this fact-packed treasury leads readers through the streets of Paris and, by pointing out unique locations and architectural oddities, as well as utilitarian objects whose functions have long been obscured with the passage of time, reveals a previously  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Guidebooks
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Beaver; Dominique Lesbros
ISBN: 9781681371108 1681371103
OCLC Number: 1005212711
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 236 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Dominique Lesbros ; translated by Simon Beaver.

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"This absorbing compendium is an essential addition to the library of the armchair traveler and flaneur alike. Lavishly illustrated with 800 color photographs, this fact-packed treasury leads readers through the streets of Paris and, by pointing out unique locations and architectural oddities, as well as utilitarian objects whose functions have long been obscured with the passage of time, reveals a previously unnoticed city. Organized by subject--fountains and wells; centuries-old shop signs; vestiges of wars and ancient Egypt; hotels of legend; civic measurement devices; traces of rites and superstitions; remarkable trees; sundials and meridians; equestrian Paris; romantic ruins; unusual tombs, stairways, and passageways; religious relics; mosaics; public barometers and thermometers; and hundreds more urban elements and anachronisms--this delightful guide deepens the reader's knowledge and appreciation of Paris through the centuries. In the introduction to her unusual encyclopedia of the Parisian streetscape, Dominique Lesbros writes, "a city is nothing if not a vast cabinet of curiosities." Entrez! The book also includes three themed walks (along the city's ancient walls, in the steps of Quasimodo, and through the French Revolution), as well as an index of street names"--Provided by publisher.

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