"Amerique Septentrionale", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: North America
Period: 1850 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre
Color: Hand Color
16.9 x 11.2 inches
42.9 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.
This version of Levasseur's decorative map of North America shows Mexico in control of Texas and the Southwest with Mexico's northern border drawn according to the Treaty of 1819 (here misprinted as 1810). The United States' claims extend into present-day Canada reflecting the Oregon boundary dispute and Russia is in control of Alaska. The map is surrounded by beautifully engraved scenes of North and Central America including local animals, a ship stranded in the polar sea, and a Mayan Temple.
A mostly clean, bright example with a light spot in the vignette at lower left. There are a few edge tears well away from image.