Auction 125, Lot 444

"Europe", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Europe

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17 x 11 inches
43.2 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.

The surrounding engravings make this one of the most decorative maps of the 19th century. The map itself 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 adorable cherubs engaged in academic pursuits filling the foreground. A very nice example that features uncolored scenes, as issued.

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Condition: A

Original outline color on a sturdy sheet. There are a few tiny spots in the margins, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $100 - $160

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/24/2008

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