This week’s book  of the week is Marville Paris by Marie De Thezy.

This collection of photography from nineteenth century photographer Charles Marville in the original French documents the transformation of the city under the rule of Emperor Napoleon III.


In his early career, Marville was an illustrator for magazines and books, but during the 1850s he took up photography professionally instead. Although he photographed the monuments and landscapes of cities across Germany and Italy, his photographs of Paris were his most highly acclaimed.


Marville was soon hired by the crown as the official photographer of the city, and his images show the hugely modernised Paris set against the desolate outskirts, with monuments, architecture, and urban landscapes featuring heavily.


This book reveals a city that has long since disappeared under town planning efforts in a stunningly detailed paperback.

You can find it on our AbeBooks page here for just £45.