Auction 132, Lot 611

"Asie", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Asia

Period: 1850 (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.

This decorative map of the Asian continent is surrounded by steel engraved vignettes depicting costumes of the various peoples of Asia, Adam and Eve, and several exotic animals. There is an interesting population chart at right totaling only 638,550,000 for the entire continent. This map was illustrated by Raimond Bonheur, father of the famous painter Rosa Bonheur.

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Condition: A

Original outline color on a sound sheet with some marginal toning. Dark, early impression. A few tiny marginal spots, otherwise a perfect example.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 6/2/2010

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