Map, French Wine Map, Dept De La Lozere, Atlas National De La France Illustre, REPRODUCTION, c 1854
Engraver: Levasseur V
Paper Size: 350 x 500mm
Print Size: 280 x 440mm
Technique: Copperplate engraving
Description: Good Copperplate engraving with hand colouring. This is a beautiful
Antique map titled 'Dépt. De La Lozere. Map of the French department of France. 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. This map originates from ‘Atlas National De La France Illustré’. Published by A. Combette, Paris, 1854.
Levasseur was an important French Engineer, cartographer and engraver of the mid 19th-century, who had important cartographicly related political and education posts in France. He is most noted for his Atlas National illustreede 86 Departments et des Possesins de la France, a large Decorative Atlas of France
Levasseur’s maps are distinctive for their wide decorative margins containing elaborate depictions of the scenery, the people, and trade goods of the areas that he mapped.
Levasseur’s maps are also known for the wealth of statistical data that they offer.
Until recent times. Levsseur’s maps were rarely found outside of France as they were used in public libraries and town halls.
His work represents some of the last great decorative maps of the 19th century