Auction 114, Lot 668

"Oceanie", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: South Pacific Ocean

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

17 x 11 inches
43.2 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.

An attractive map from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. It covers the entire South Pacific including Australia and New Zealand as well as Southeast Asia. The map is surrounded by beautifully rendered steel engraved scenes that feature the natives of the region, portraits of French explorers, and a harbor vignette. A beautiful example of this decorative chart.


Condition: A+

Beautiful impression with fine original outline color. Modern, full color on surrounding vignettes. Full margins. A few spots in margins, map is fine.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/1/2006