Auction 135, Lot 506

"Dept. de la Charente", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: France - Cognac

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.4 x 12 inches
41.7 x 30.5 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 large part of the Charente department falls within the region of Cognac, home of the world’s most famous brandy. The cities of Jarnac, Segonzac and Cognac form the center of the region. The vineyards along the banks of the Charente River produce the Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes that make up the wine from which cognac is distilled. Only six regions, or crus, are allowed to produce wines for cognac: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires. Each cognac house has a unique process to mix its eaux-de-vie (waters of life), a barrel of which is pictured at bottom right. A terrific map for the person who enjoys cognac.

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Condition: A

Fine impression, wide margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $75

Closed on 2/16/2011

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