Auction 116, Lot 422

"Europe", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Europe

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.8 x 11 inches
42.7 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.

While the map itself shows limited detail, the surrounding engravings make this one of the most decorative 19th century maps. It 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.

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Condition: A

Fine original outline color in map with modern color in vignettes. Nice impression and wide original margins. Previous owner's embossed stamp below lower neatline, small printer's crease across upper right corner, else fine.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/20/2006

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