Auction 111, Lot 672

"Afrique", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Africa

Period: 1854 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.2 x 11.3 inches
43.7 x 28.7 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 decorative nineteenth 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 hand colored, steel-engraved scenes including the pyramids, wild animals, natives, the French army in Algeria and vignettes of Alexandria, Cairo, and Alger.

References: Norwich #140.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/8/2005

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