Auction 116, Lot 38

"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: World

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National 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.

Lovely map from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. The map is presented on Mercator's projection and 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 appears on the west coast stretching from California into British Columbia. Texas is named and appears to be Independent, but the borders are inconclusive. A very nice unaltered example with uncolored vignettes, as issued.


Condition: A+

Beautiful, early impression and fine hand outline coloring. On thick paper with wide, original margins.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/20/2006