Antique Map Auction Sale No. 121 - closed 9/26/2007
This attractive title page is from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. The steel engraved scenes around the script title are enclosed in a border of tree branches and grapevines engraved by Eugene Duchez. The page is filled with infantry and naval battle scenes, portraits of Charlemagne and Napoleon, armor and weaponry, ballooning, an early railroad engine, a river god and goddess and a group of cherubs engaged in a variety of scientific and artistic pursuits, including a very early reference to photography.