Victor Levasseur

map makers


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 Illustre des 86 Departments et des Possessions De La France. Divise par Arrondissements, Cantons et Communes Avec Le Trace De Toutes Les Routes, Chemins De Fer Et Canaux. Dresse d'apres les Travaux du Cadastre du Depot de la Guerre et des Ponts et Chaussees, par V. Levasseur, Ingenieur Geographe attache au Genie du Cadastre et de la Ville de Paris. Grave Sur Acier Par Les Meilleurs Artistes. Publie par A. Combette Editeur Paris. 1856. Rue de la Parcheminerie No. 15. (title page only) Impie. de Lemercier, Paris. Eug. Duchez.", a large decorative atlas of France, including his Planisphere and five important continental maps.

The first publication of this particular atlas was in 1847. Most of Levasseur's work was produced between 1838 and 1855.
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.

It was one of the last of the decorative map atlases of the 19th century, along with Tallis and Fullarton.