"Europe", Levasseur, Victor
Period: 1850 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre
Color: Hand Color
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.
A simple map of the continent, extending to Africa, Greenland and Asia with surrounding engravings makes 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 thoughtful cherubs engaged in academic pursuits filling the foreground.
A clean example with one tiny rust spot and later color.