Auction 119, Lot 425

"Colonies Francaises Martinique. Amerique du Sud", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Martinique

Period: 1840 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

16 x 10.5 inches
40.6 x 26.7 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 of the island of Martinique displayed on a banner scroll, surrounded by steel engraved vignettes featuring the riches of the colony. Empress Josephine, the wife of the Emperor Napoleon, was born on this island, and is shown in a bust at the right.


Condition: A

Original outline color in map with later color in the vignettes. The map has a little light toning at the bottom, otherwise it is fine.

Estimate: $75 - $100

Sold for: $85

Closed on 5/9/2007