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    Paris Underground (Hardback) By (author) Caroline Archer, By (author) Alexandre Parre


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    DescriptionThe underground quarries beneath the city of Paris have been a mirror and memorial of events for over 500 years, with a long tradition of writing and painting on the walls. This book explores the diversity of visual statements that successive generations have left behind in these fantastic (and often phantasmagoric) images and words. In the 1780s bones from the Cemetery of the Innocents were stored in the old tunnels as the result of cemetery overcrowding. As the city population soared, skeletons from other cemeteries followed the move underground, and with-them came formal inscriptions, graffiti and other artifacts. Images on the walls remind us that during World War II, both the French Resistance and the German forces made use of the underground labyrinths. Since the 1970's, Paris has experienced a marked increase in illicit underground exploration in these fascinating but off-limit areas of the tunnels. Many of the explorers have left elaborate artworks behind them. All these generations of images, and more, are brought to light together for the first time.

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    Paris Underground
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Caroline Archer, By (author) Alexandre Parre
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 201 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,080 g
    ISBN 13: 9780972424073
    ISBN 10: 0972424075

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: WTM, HBT, AC
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    BIC subject category V2: AFJG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015030
    DC22: 751.730944361
    LC classification: ND2748
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    Mark Batty Publisher
    Imprint name
    Mark Batty Publisher
    Publication date
    01 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey