"Europe", Levasseur, Victor
Period: 1869 (published)
Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre
Color: Hand Color
17 x 11.5 inches
43.2 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.
While the map itself is quite simple with original outline color distinguishing the various countries, the surrounding engravings make this one of the most decorative 19th century maps. The map is framed by medallion portraits and coats of arms down each side and is set against a background of statues and allegorical figures with a large group of adorable cherubs engaged in academic pursuits filling the foreground.