c1852 Levasseur's Dept De La Hte Vienne
This is steel-engraved map with outline color to the map. The map is surrounded by a series of beautiful vignettes depicting the various features of the Department. This plate is 11 x 17 inches and has margins all around. It is taken from a French Atlas by Victor Levasseur (middle edition) which was arguably the last decorative atlas of the 19th century. This is an extra sharp engraving and the detail is superb. The maps were published in Paris and are on heavy paper. This is an engraving that combines art and cartography in a pleasing ensemble. The vignette images are meticulous in design and of an extremely high quality, both in accuracy and composition. All of these maps are exceptionally attractive to view as well as being useful for informational purposes. The vignettes themselves illustrate events and lifestyles of those who lived in the area shown and provide a certain amount of historical information. This map depicts the region of Haute Vienne which is in SE France. It was formed from parts of the ancient regions of Marche t and Limousin. The principal city is Limoges, famous for its porcelain-ware products. In 1850 the 300,000 population was still principally engaged in agriculture although some mining was done. Map is in VG+ condition.
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