PARIS, Ministere de Travaux Publics. Album de statistique graphique. 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890-1891, 1892, 1893, 1895-1896. Each volume contains 12-26 colored plates of informational graphics, many folding. Folio, 330 x 255 mm., publisher's boards. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1879-1896.
These splendid volumes were published by the French statistical bureau between 1870 and 1897, and are very much in the style established by Charles Josph Minard. On the outside they appear drab and undistinguished, but on the inside they are alive with a profusion of dazzling coloured charts. They have been called "the finest specimens of French graphic art in the century" (H.G. Funkhuser). All of the volumes are rare, and the series remains largely unknown. Some wear to a couple of bindings, but otherwise sound.
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