Levasseur Map of the World (1847)
1847 map of the World by French map publisher Victor Levasseur. Full title: Planisphère
More about the antique Levasseur world map
Counted among the most sought-after world maps of all time, this is a rare 1847 map of the world by French map publisher Victor Levasseur. Probably the cartographer's most sought after atlas map, the display looks beautiful and depicts the world on a Mercator projection with continents and some countries defined with outline colour. The black and white map also offers a few elements of geographical interest. The fantastic map poster is prepared by Levassuer from his office at 43 Rue St. Jacques, Paris.
What does the map highlight?
Covering the Oregon-Canada border extending northward into what is today British Columbia along the 54°40' north parallel, the map layout, if not the map itself, predates acquisition of California and Texas by the United States. Traces of Antarctica appear along the bottom of the map where various explorers sighted land. The entire map is surrounded by a fantastic allegorical border typical of Levasseur’s Atlas Illustre.
The map is flanked on either side by figures representing the four seasons. At the top of the map stars dot the firmament behind the arc of the Zodiac. Under the Zodiac Adam and Even appear, hand in hand, walking towards a four breasted female figure, possibly Pandora, holding a box. Below the map Jesus sits enthroned with Moses, the Pyramids of Egypt, a domed hall, and other figures to either side. Text at the base of the map describes each of the five recognised continents and the product is counted amongst one of the finest vintage world maps for sale.
Buy this classic vintage map online
This decorative world map can be ordered in paper, matte plastic and lamination finishes in size 18 x 13 inches. The Artokoloro published map can be a statement wall art piece and can used for home, study, library and office walls.
|18 x 13 in
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