Félix Benoist. “Paris Sous François 1er. Vue générale à vol d’oiseau d’après les anciens plans et dessins.” From Paris Dans Sa Splendeur.
Paris: Henri Charpentier, 1861. 10 x 15 (image). Litho-tint. Very good condition.
This birds-eye view of Paris, looking east, depicts the city at the time of the rule of Francis 1 who was king of France from 1515 to 1547. In the center of the image is the island Île de la Cité and the cathedral of Nôtre Dame. The city’s walls and towers can clearly be seen surrounding the city. This view was composed using 16th century maps of the city.