"Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departments et des Possessions de la France Divisee par Arrondissments, Cantons en Communes", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1845 (dated)
Publication: Atlas National Illustre
Color: Hand Color
16 x 11.5 inches
40.6 x 29.2 cm
This attractive title page is from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. The steel engraved scenes around the script title are enclosed in a border of tree branches and grapevines engraved by Eugene Duchez. The page is filled with infantry and naval battle scenes, portraits of Charlemagne and Napoleon, 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, including a very early reference to photography.
A pleasantly toned example with a couple of minor spots.