"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor
Period: 1845 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre
Color: Hand Color
15.7 x 11 inches
39.9 x 27.9 cm
Victor Levasseur's "Atlas National Illustre" and "Atlas Universel Illustre" are among the last decorative atlases published. The maps are all lavishly illustrated with scenes of the countryside, products and activities indigenous to the region.
The map is presented on Mercator's projection and surrounded by fine steel engravings including vignettes representing the four seasons, allegorical figures of the continents and several mythical figures, Adam and Eve and much else of interest. In North America a very large Oregon appears on the west coast stretching from California into British Columbia. Texas appears as an Independent Republic.
A lovely example with good impression and full margins. Original coloring in map and later in surrounding vignettes.