'PLANISPHÈRE.' (Map of the World) by Victor Levasseur c.1860
A very attractive and decorative 19th century map of the World, with fine original hand colour, which was published in Victor Levasseur's Atlas National Illustré (Paris: Pelissier, 1842-1872).
Published between 1842 and 1872, Victor Levasseur's 'Atlas National' was one of the most decorative and visually striking atlases of the 19th century. The general map of the World typified this with its aesthetic and allegorical imagery. Of particular note is the depiction of the four seasons on either side of the plan whilst the heavens are represented above with the twelve signs of the zodiac. Below this, the creation of mankind in shown in the form of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
- This is an original steel engraving with original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 44.9cms by 32cms (including imprints).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 165 years old.