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Vintage pictorial bird's eye view of Paris, based on the view Peltier and issued by Blondel La Rougery for a host of hotels and Parisian retail companies throughout the 20th century. This example was published for the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris in 1984.

This view is the most famous bird's eye view of Paris second only to Turgot's famous 20-sheet view.

This example has a blue overprint that shows where the Hotel Inter-Continental is on Rue de Rivoli near the Louvre.

This is the "Centre" variant of the plan. As explained by the note in the lower left corner: "Il est extrait du PLAN DE PARIS A VOL D'OISEAU couvrant les vingt arrondissements. Format 133x175 cm en deux feuilles." [It is extracted from the PLAN DE PARIS A FLIGHT OF BIRD covering the twenty arrondissements. Format 133x175 cm in two sheets.]

The note also traces the historical context of the view: "Ce document contemporain, inspiré du plan de Turgot (1739) fut réalisé entre 1920 et 1940 par Georges PELTIER (ces vingt années représentent plus de 30 000 heures de dessin.)" [This contemporary document, inspired by Turgot's plan (1739) was produced between 1920 and 1940 by Georges PELTIER (these twenty years represent more than 30,000 hours of drawing.)]