"Asie", Levasseur, Victor
Period: 1861 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre
Color: Hand Color
17.2 x 11.4 inches
43.7 x 29 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 decorative map of the Asian continent is surrounded by steel engraved vignettes depicting the various peoples of Asia in costume, several exotic animals, and a seated portrait of Adam and Eve. The map graphically depicts the Great Wall of China and extends to include Sumatra and Borneo. Iran is Perse, Thailand is Siam, and Sri Lanka is Ceylan. There is an interesting population chart at right totaling only 638,550,000 for the entire continent. The illustrations were drawn by Raimond Bonheur, father of the famous painter Rosa Bonheur, who trained under her father.
A dark impression with full contemporary color on a sheet with light toning, a few minor spots, and a couple of tears and creases confined to the edges of the sheet.