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View, France, Paris, L’Exposition Universelle 1878, International Worlds Fair, Antique Map Print


J.E. Goossens (lithographer)
Panorama Des Palais De L’Exposition, Vue de L’Exposition Universelle de Paris 1878
[Panorama of the Palaces of Exposition, View of the Universal Exposition of Paris 1878]

Wentzel, Paris: c. 1878
21.75 x 31.5 inches, image
23.75 x 33 inches, overall

Highly detailed large bird’s-eye view cartographic lithograph of the Paris Exposition of 1878, a world’s fair held in Paris between May and mid-November. The captions note the two major exhibition sites. On the right is the Palace of the Champs de Mars, a gigantic rectangular hall and site of the previous Paris Expo in 1867. On the left is the Palais du Trocadéro, newly built for the 1878 exhibition to host the arts section, congress center, and concert hall. In the sky is a steam-driven tethered balloon –one of the main attractions of the fair — in which visitors enjoyed the view from 600 meters above the city. Within the view, the streets and gates to the Champs de Mars are labeled, as are the roofs of the various pavilions that fly the flags of their sponsor nations. The streets teem with fair visitors and boats travel the Seine. Along the top and bottom borders are 14 illustrations of facades of the pavilions of the City of Paris, England, Austria, Italy, Russia, Turkey-Egypt, the United States, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Spain-Portugal, and Persia-Siam. The corners of the border have delicate decorative flourishes. The print is credited to Belgian lithographer J.E. Goossens and is also imprinted with the names of publishers Frédéric Wentzel in Paris and Lyons.

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The Exposition Universelle of 1878 was the third world’s fair held in Paris in the 19th century. The project was an effort to rebuild the city and revitalize the French economy after the Franco-Prussian War and a civil war had left parts of the city in ruins. The successful exhibition attracted over 16 million visitors — huge attendance for that time. Among the highlights, Thomas Edison presented emerging technology: a phonograph and an improved version of the telephone. Other inventions unveiled at the fair included the soda-making machine and the typewriter. Most of the Palais du Trocadéro was demolished in 1935 to make way for a new exhibition building, the Palais de Chaillot. An interesting historical footnote is that during the 1878 fair, French writer Victor Hugo presided over the intellectual property congress and introduced the concepts of intellectual and artistic property.

J.E. Goossens was a lithographer in Brussels.

Frédéric Wentzel was a German-born lithographic print publisher with locations in Paris, France, and Wissembourg, Germany.

J.B. Gadola was a French lithographic print publisher in Lyons, France.

Full publication information: Lith. J.E. Goossens, Rue du Houblon, 23, Bruxelles. Dépôt Chez Mr. F. Wentzel, Rue St. Jacques, 65, a Paris. Dépôt Chez Mr. Gadola, Cours de Brosses, 2, a Lyon [“Lyon” overprinted over “Paris”].

Condition: Generally very good. Recently professionally cleaned and deacidified and mounted for support on Japanese paper, with minor remaining toning, handling, wear.


“Expo 1878 Paris.” Bureau International des Expositions. (22 February 2019).

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19th Century