"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor
Period: 1840 (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.
This lovely steel engraved map is from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. It is presented on Mercator's projection and is surrounded by fine steel engravings; vignettes representing the four seasons, allegorical figures of the continents and several mythical figures, Adam and Eve as well as an astrological banner stretching across the night sky at the top. In North America, a very large Oregon Territory appears on the west coast, extending well into British Columbia, reflecting U.S. claims in the region.
Generous margins on a sheet with a few light stains and a couple of minor creases, still an attractive example.