1852 (undated) 12.75 x 17.5 in (32.385 x 44.45 cm)
A fine example of V. Levasseur's desirable decorative map of Polynesia and Australia, dated 1852. Covers the Pacific from Sumatra to the California Coast, focusing on Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the islands of Polynesia. The whole is surrounded by elaborate decorative engravings designed to illustrate trade riches of the region. There is a short textual history of the region depicted in the lower left quadrant. Published by V. Levasseur in the 1852 edition of his Atlas National de la France Illustree.
Victor Levasseur, 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.
Levassuer, V., Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departements et des Possessions de La France Divise par Arrondissements, Cantons et Communea avec La Trace de Toutes Les Routes, Chemins,de fer et Canaux., 1852 edition.
Very good. Blank on verso. Wide clean margins.
Phillips (Atlases) 3003.