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This is an auction for PARISIANS by Graham Robb.

"In 1787, an obscure French artillery officer, awkward in manner and dress, wanders Parisian streets and has a brief encounter with a prostitute before returning to his modest lodgings. He is Napoleon Bonaparte. An architect examines the subterranean environs of Paris in the late eighteenth century and realizes that large portions of the city are in danger of collapsing into sinkholes. He is Charles-Axel Guillaumot, the “Man who Saved Paris.” On an evening in 1791, a foreign born woman and her guide explore Parisian streets on a clandestine search for an escape route from the city for herself and her family. She is Marie-Antoinette, and her confusion leads to delay, exposure, and death for the king and queen. Robb, a biographer who lives in Britain, has written extensively on France and has a long-term love affair with Paris. In this unique and thoroughly enjoyable work, he has presented aspects of both the geography and history of Paris through a series of vignettes built around the personal experiences of historical figures. He combines the genres of tourist guide and urban history."
- Booklist (US)

"There is nothing traditional about Graham Robb's approach to history, and Parisians, like his previous works, reflects his exceptional creativity and wonderful writing. Robb introduces each personality as a mystery for readers to unravel, all the while evoking the sights and sounds of Paris. As a mosaic of a city, it is an embarrassment of riches, indeed."
- Bookmarks (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 2010.

476 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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