"Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departments et des Possessions de la France Divisee par Arrondissments, Cantons en Communes", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1847 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
16 x 11.5 inches
40.6 x 29.2 cm
Attractive title page from one of the last decorative atlases of the nineteenth century. The steel engraved scenes surrounding the script title are enclosed in a border of tree branches and grapevines engraved by Eugene Duchez. Infantry and naval battle scenes, portraits, 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 artist pursuits enrich the sheet. A Gallic rooster, national symbol of France, centers the sheet.
A repaired tear enters 3.5" into the image at left (into the weaponry), else very good.