Auction 122, Lot 42

"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: World

Period: 1869 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel 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.

Gorgeous world map, presented on Mercator's projection, is from one of the last decorative atlases produced in the nineteenth century. It is surrounded by fine steel engravings including vignettes representing the four seasons, allegorical figures of the continents, several mythical gods, Adam and Eve and much else of interest. In North America, a very large Oregon Territory appears on the west coast stretching from California into British Columbia. Texas is named but not shown as independent.


Condition: A

A little very faint toning and one small rust spot in the lower text.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/5/2007