Archives and Research Collections has recently acquired a complete set of 90 cards measuring 13cm x 8.3cm includes index cards and 86 hand-coloured engraved cards of the French départments following the revolution. Housed in the original gilt wooden box, each card contains a map of the featured Department and a description of characteristics. The second edition is remarkable for its increased embellishment and lavish illustrations. There is only one other copy of the second edition of this very rare set of educational cards housed in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Read more about the cards.
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