Auction 103, Lot 371

"[Lot of 11 - French Departments]", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: France

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.5 x 11 inches
41.9 x 27.9 cm

Nice set of decorative 19th century maps; each surrounded by scenes depicting the commerce and history of the region. 1) Dept. d' Eure et Loir is in the traditional Orleanais region now known as Centre. This map shows Chartes, and is embellished with grapes, apples and grains. 2) Dept. de l' Eure is located in Haute-Normandie. The map is surrounded by hunting scenes as well as the agricultural produce. 3) Dept. du pas de Calais is located in Nord-pas-de-Calais, that traditionally was the regions of Artois and Picardie. It includes a fantastic beach scene, with fish, lobsters and nets. 4) Dept. du Nord was historically called Flanders and forms the border with Belgium. 5) Dept. de l'Aisne is in the Picardie region. This area was the home of the French dramatist Racine whose portrait is included in the surrounding scenes. 6) Dept. de Maine et Loire is in the Pays de la Loire, a rich farming region. 7) Dept. de la Mayenne is in the same modern region the previous map, but traditionally contained portions of Maine and Anjou. 8) Dept. de l' Orne is in Basse-Normandie. 9) Dept. de la Manche is also in Basse-Normandie. This map has a spectacular surround of garlands, busts and beasts all surmounted with a unicorn coat-of-arms. 10) Dept du Calvados is in Basse-Normandie. This region is known for a particular brandy, which bears its name. 11) Dept. de l' Oise is in Picardie and is decorated with a lovely engraved still-life of game, textiles and agricultural produce. Size varies slightly.

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Condition: B

Generally good and clean with nice original color. All with library embossed stamp in blank margins. Couple maps with light stains. Closed tears into titles of two other maps.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/11/2003

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