Auction 114, Lot 12

"Atlas National Illustre des 89 Departments et des Possessions de la France…", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1869 (dated)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

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.

Attractive title page from this decorative nineteenth century atlas. The steel engraved scenes surrounding the script title are 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. Dated 1869 this is the latest edition we've seen of this atlas.


Condition: A

Very nice impression with modern coloring. Wide margins with a blue oval owner's stamp at right well away from image.

Estimate: $180 - $220


Closed on 3/1/2006