Carte Velocipedique des Environs de Paris


Detailed cycling map of the northeast suburbs of Paris from the late 19th century.

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Prior to the widespread use of the automobile, cyclists were some of the earliest proponents for improved road surfaces, especially in and around major urban areas. Europe was at the forefront of this trend, and Parisians ‘wheelmen’ (or women) were no exception.

This map, published by E. Andriveau-Goujon in 1895, provides a detailed overview of the road network of the suburbs that can be found immediately northeast of Paris (seen in the lower right). Various surface levels and route types are explained in the legend along the bottom of the sheet, which also details the symbols used to identify other transportation routes, chateaus, churches, post offices, telegraph bureaus, and more.

A useful and practical guide to cycling the French countryside in the late 19th century.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1895

Author: E. Andriveau-Goujon

Sheet Width (in): 29.50

Sheet Height (in): 25.75

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Dissected into 28 panels and mounted onto linen. Scattered soiling throughout, notably a spot just above the scale (bottom of the sheet) and darkening along fold lines on the right side. Remains in good to very good condition overall.


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