Catalog Archive
Auction 109, Lot 672

"Afrique", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Africa

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

17 x 11 inches
43.2 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.

A very decorative 19th century map of the continent colored to show the colonial possessions and major tribal kingdoms. The interior is mostly void of detail. The map is surrounded by steel engraved scenes including the pyramids, wild animals, natives, the French army in Algeria and vignettes of Alexandria, Cairo, and Algiers. Very nice example of this most attractive chart.

References: Norwich #140.

Condition: A

Crisp impression and delicate outline coloring. Vignettes uncolored, as issued. Full margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $140

Closed on 12/1/2004