Auction 135, Lot 385

"Amerique Meridionale", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: South America

Period: 1846 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.3 x 10.8 inches
41.4 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.

A very decorative 19th century map of the continent shows political divisions in outline color, with good detail of rivers and topography. The map is surrounded by steel engraved scenes including horses, Indians, jaguars, tapirs, and mining as well as female personifications at the top representing the Amazon and La Plata Rivers. The map and surrounding scenes are beautifully drawn.

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Condition: A+

Beautiful, flawless example with vignettes in full hand color.

Estimate: $120 - $160

Sold for: $95

Closed on 2/16/2011

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