"Planisphere", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: World, Texas
Period: 1845 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Illustre
Color: Hand Color
16 x 10.8 inches
40.6 x 27.4 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.
This 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 and Texas appears as an Independent Republic.