"Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departments et des Possessions de la France Divisee par Arrondissments, Cantons en Communes", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1845 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
16 x 11.5 inches
40.6 x 29.2 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 steel engraved scenes surrounding the script title are fully hand-colored and enclosed in a border of tree branches and grapevines engraved by Eugene Duchez. Surrounded by infantry and naval battle scenes, portraits, armor and weaponry, ballooning, early railroad engine, a river god and goddess and a group of cherubs engaged in a variety of scientific and artist pursuits.