Auction 114, Lot 645

"Afrique", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Africa

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel 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 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

Couple of spots in blank margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/1/2006

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