"Oceanie", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: South Pacific Ocean
Period: 1850 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre
Color: Hand Color
16.8 x 11.2 inches
42.7 x 28.4 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 map covers the entire South Pacific including Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The map is surrounded by beautifully rendered steel engraved scenes that feature the natives of the region, portraits of French explorers and a harbor vignette.
There are a couple of tears in the bottom margin, well away from the map.