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Auction 115, Lot 33

"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: World

Period: 1849 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Illustre

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 11 inches
39.4 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.

Gorgeous world map from one of the last decorative atlases produced in the nineteenth century. It is presented on Mercator's projection and is surrounded by fine steel engravings including vignettes representing the four seasons, allegorical figures of the continents and several mythical figures, Adam and Eve and much else of interest. In North America a very large Oregon Territory appears on the west coast stretching from California into British Columbia. Texas is named but not shown as independent. A striking and handsome chart.


Condition: A+

Crisp dark impression with fine original outline hand coloring on map, wide margins. Vignettes fully colored by modern hand.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/21/2006