Auction 134, Lot 108

"Amerique Septentrionale", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: North America

Period: 1852 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.8 x 11 inches
42.7 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 richly engraved map shows the United States extending into present-day Canada up to the 55° latitude line and Russia in control of Alaska. Texas is named and colored within the United States but engraved lines still show the republic borders. Mexico's northern border is drawn according to the Treaty of 1819 (here misprinted as 1810). Surrounded by beautifully engraved scenes of North and Central America including wildlife, a ship stranded in the polar sea and a Mayan temple.

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Condition: A

Flawless example with strong original hand color in outline, sharp impression and full margins. One small area of soiling in lower margin, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $230 - $300

Sold for: $130

Closed on 12/1/2010

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