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Auction 113, Lot 508

"[Lot of 8 - French Departments]", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: France

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

17 x 11.5 inches
43.2 x 29.2 cm
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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.

Very nice lot of Levasseur's maps that are from one of the last decorative atlases of the 19th century. "Dept. Des Hautes Alpes" covers this region famous for its beautiful mountain vistas. Includes Briancon, one of the highest towns in Europe. "Dept. Des Basses - Alpes" is a most scenic area of northeast Provence with Digne near the center. "Dept. De La Lozere" is a mountainous and thinly populated region with rugged beauty. "Dept. De L' Allier" includes Vichy, seat of Petain's puppet WWII government. Also famous for its hot-spring baths. "Dept. Du Nord" includes Dunkerque, Lille, and Cambrai. "Dept. De La Mayenne" features Laval, the site of a Renaissance cathedral. "Dept. De La Nievre" includes its leading wine producing areas. And "Dept. De La Meurthe" includes Nancy with its own Arc de Triomphe. All with uncolored vignettes, as issued.


Condition: A

All fine impressions with original outline color and attractive light ivory toning.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $80

Closed on 12/7/2005