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Auction 105, Lot 393

"[Lot of 7 - French Departments]", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: France

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 11 inches
41.9 x 27.9 cm
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Lovely selection of decorative maps of the wine regions of Lorraine and Champagne. 1) Dept. de la Moselle is is decorated with accoutrements of war, olives and busts of famous residents. 2) Dept. de la Meuse is in the Lorraine region, which formerly incorporated a portion of Champagne. 3) Dept. de la Meurthe is now known as Meurthe-et-Moselle, and is located within the Lorraine region. Stunning decoration of drapery, wheat and agricultural produce. 4) Dept. de l'Aube is a part of the Champagne-Ardennes region. The impressive decoration is enhanced by a man with a bubbling bottle of champagne. 5) Dept. de la Hte. Marne is also in the Champagne-Ardennes region. Elegantly engraved surrounding vignettes of game and grapes. 6) Dept. de la Marne is in the heart of the Champagne region, as evidenced by the decoration featuring grapes and bottles of champagne with their special corks. 7) Dept. des Ardennes is in the Champagne-Ardennes region and features an especially elaborate decoration of drapery, bayonets, and animals surmounted by a bust of Turenne. Size varies slightly.


Condition: B

There are a couple with light stains within maps, one with a closed tear just entering map. All with library embossing in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $140

Closed on 12/3/2003