"Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departements et des Possessions de la France Divise par Arrondissements, Cantons et Communes...", Levasseur, Victor
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1849 (dated)
Color: Black & White
16.2 x 11.5 inches
41.1 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. There are 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 artistic pursuits.
A dark impression with minor soiling and faint dampstains all confined to the margins.