Auction 136, Lot 420

"Colonies Francaises Martinique. Amerique du Sud", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Martinique

Period: 1843 (circa)

Publication: Atlas National Illustre

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.5 x 11.2 inches
41.9 x 28.4 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.

Lovely map of the island of Martinique displayed on a banner scroll, surrounded by steel engraved vignettes featuring the riches of the colony. Empress Josephine, the wife of the Emperor Napoleon, was born on this island, and is shown in a bust at the right.

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Condition: B+

Some tears in the blank margins, well away from the map, with some minor creasing in map.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $50

Closed on 6/1/2011

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