Auction 109, Lot 35

"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: World

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
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.

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Condition: A+

A lovely example with good impression and full margins. Original coloring in map and later in surrounding vignettes.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/1/2004

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