Auction 139, Lot 10

"Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departements et des Possessions de la France…", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1854 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 11.5 inches
41.4 x 29.2 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.

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.


Condition: A

There is a crease in left blank margin and a few spots in blank margins. There is faint manuscript writing in top blank margin and a previous owner's stamp on verso.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 2/15/2012