"[Lot of 2] Colonies Francaises Martinique (Amerique du Sud) [together with] Colonies Francaises (en Amerique)", Levasseur, Victor
Period: 1847 (circa)
Publication: Atlas National Illustre
Color: Hand Color
16 x 11 inches
40.6 x 27.9 cm
A pair of attractive and highly decorative steel engraved maps of the French Colonies in the West Indies. The first is rendered on a large flag or sail, all surrounded by beautifully engraved vignettes of exotic birds, barrels of tabac (tobacco), tropical plants and trees, and other important products of the colony. The second is a terrific map of the island group centering on Guadeloupe and Pointe-a-Pitre, with an inset of Anguilla and St. Martin. The surrounding vignettes depict history and commerce with a sugar mill, bales of cotton and a dramatic view of an earthquake in progress.
Minor soiling and edge toning in the wide, generous margins, well away from maps. Very clean, bright and crisp engravings.