A rare late 19th century chromolithograph city plan of Montevideo, Uruguay, published by Jaume Petit, showing French architect Norbert Maillart’s proposed urban renewal plan for the city with Boulevard del Norte and Boulevard del Sud highlighted in red, centered around Montevideo Bay, depicting the city in great detail from the barrio of Atahualpa in the north down to modern-day Playa Ramirez in the south and from Barrio Castelar to Victoria, divided into 18 sections with each block numbered and locations throughout the city identified. Mounted upon original linen and folded. 8vo. folded, approx. 25-1/2 by 29 inches. Original green cloth portfolio cover. Some minor staining to covers and verso of linen not affecting map. Montevideo (Lit. Italo-Oriental for O. Basigaluz) n.d. (circa 1888).
At the time of publication of this map, the developed portions of the city of Montevideo were limited to those areas enclosed by Boulevard General Artigas, although the map does depict some communities and farmland outside of the city. The Boulevards del Norte and del Sud were proposed by Maillart in the style of the great European-style boulevards such as the Champs-Elysees. Latin America was enamored with French culture at the end of the 19th century, and similar urban renovation projects were being undertaken in several other major cities including Mexico City and Buenos Aires. Montevideo was in the midst of an economic boom, but shortly thereafter a global economic collapse hit Uruguay, and particularly Montevideo, especially hard, and all plans for urban and civic development were halted. The Boulevard del Norte and Boulevard del Sud were never constructed, making this map a particularly rare example; as of November 2017, WorldCat does not show any listings for this title. Book ID: 48767