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herault levasseur french department antique map

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French department - L'Herault


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Original antique map


From Levasseur's 'Atlas National Illustre'. This area is home to a wide variety of vineyards and is part of the larger Languedoc wine-growing region, the oldest in France. The red wines produced here are meaty, tannic wines with a deep red color. The area is also known for its production of Pelardon cheese, made from goat's milk, and Perail, a ewe's milk cheese. 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. Levasseur was an important French engineer, cartographer, and engraver of the mid 19th century.

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artist Victor Levasseur
method Steel-engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1856
size 330mm by 470mm (sheet)
SKU MP3133