Auction 104, Lot 439

"[Lot of 8 - French Departments]", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: France

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16 x 11 inches
40.6 x 27.9 cm

Nice group of decorative 19th century maps, each surrounded by elaborate scenes of regional products and history. 1) Dept. de la Charente Infre. is now known as Charente-Maritime. The decorative surround is filled with the local produce, a wonderful coastal view and a portrait of the native son Dr. Guillotin, inventor of the guillotine. 2) Dept. de la Charente features a portrait of the famous writer Balzac. 3) Dept. de la Dordogne is located within the region of Aquitaine. This map is surrounded by the diverse regional products. 4) Dept. de la Gironde is surrounded by grapes, wheat, game and other regional items. 5) Dept. des Bses. Pyrenees is now known as Pyrenees-Alantiques. This map is embellished with pastoral scenes of the mountainous region. 6) Dept. du Gers is within the Midi-Pyrenees region and is embellished with game, textiles and grapes. 7) Dept. des Landes is within the Aquitaine region. The area specializes in wine and agriculture. 8) Dept. de l'Aveyron is within the Midi-Pyrenees region. This map is beautifully surrounded with grapes, game and busts of prominent people. Size varies slightly.

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Condition: A

Overall very good, with some marginal soiling. A couple with library embossed stamps in blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/10/2003

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