Auction 122, Lot 11

"Atlas National Illustre des 89 Departments et des Possessions de la France…", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1869 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16 x 12 inches
40.6 x 30.5 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.

Attractive title page from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. The steel engraved scenes surrounding the script title are fully hand-colored and enclosed in a border of tree branches and grapevines engraved by Eugene Duchez. There are infantry and naval battle scenes, portraits, armor and weaponry, ballooning, an early railroad engine, a river god and goddess and a group of cherubs engaged in a variety of scientific and artistic pursuits.


Condition: A

Very nice impression. Wide margins with a faint blue oval owner's stamp at right well away from image.

Estimate: $140 - $160

Sold for: $80

Closed on 12/5/2007