Auction 113, Lot 768

"Afrique", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Africa

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.2 x 11 inches
43.7 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 most 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 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+

A very early impression with the guide lines are still visible bounding the engraved text. Full margins. One tiny and light spot, still fine. Small embossed owners stamp in lower blank margin.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/7/2005

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