**For downloadable copies of the Paris Map, click here for a PDF and jpg images, or here for 8x10 inch sections in jpg format.. You can get a massive file of the entire map in one piece here.
I was reading The Corinthian Column, a delightful blog out of Bangkok, and stumbled upon something I've been looking for for ages now. Apparently, the Conran Shop is selling copies of the Etienne Turgot Map of Paris, circa 1739. Unfortunately, it's currently unavailable on the US website. The 25 panels together measure 98 x 60 inches. You can also purchase it here as either three panels on fabric ($750) or here in the 25 folio pages ($60).I've seen copies of this framed in sections and hung as a cohesive large piece in many design magazines and blogs, and have always wanted to know where the map came from and what its origin was. The original map measures about eight feet wide by ten feet high, a scale that would not fit many houses. Here's a photo from Southern Accents magazine in 2008. Here it is in 20 identical frames from Apartment Therapy.
Because of the date of this map, it's no longer under copyright restrictions, and I found several resources which take each of the 20 sections and makes them available for downloading, here, here and here. If you use a program like Photoshop, you can resize them and even convert them into more of a sepia tone. If you're really talented, you could hand-colour some of the sections. There's also a page of the map on sale on Ebay right now.I will have to continue haunting the Conran website to see when it's available again... and then order it! Since writing this, I've found several other resources for the maps. See links above.
** For a download of the Turgot Plan de Paris, click on the Paris map in the right-hand column **