This is a fascinating 1847 map of the Department du Lot, France. This region is known for its agriculture, distilled spirits, wines, and fine hunting. The capital is Cahors. Cahors wines are rich reds excellent with duck. This area is also an important stopping point on the historic Chemin du St. Jacques, or the mediaeval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. The whole is surrounded by elaborate decorative engravings designed to illustrate both the natural beauty and trade richness of the land. There is a short textual history of the regions depicted on both the left and right sides of the map.
Victor Levasseur (1800 - 1870), an important French engineer, cartographer, and engraver of the mid 19th century, held a number of important cartographically related political and educations posts in France. He is most famous for his Atlas National Illustré des 86 Départements et des Possessions de La France, a large decorative atlas of France, including his Planisphere and five important continental maps. Levasseur's maps are distinctive for their wide decorative margins containing elaborate depictions of the scenery, peoples, and trade goods of the areas he mapped. Levasseur maps are also known to offer a wealth of statistical data. Until recently, very few Levasseur Atlases migrated out of France where they were mostly used in public libraries and town halls. His work represents some of the last great decorative atlases of the 19th century. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Large repaired tear near bottom margin. Blank on verso.