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Title: Spicheren (6 Août 1870). Avec 9 cartes en 10 vues panoramiques hors texte.
Description: Paris, Berger Levrault, 1908. Crown quarto. Pp. xvi, 412. Plus 9 folding maps, some of which printed in additional colours and 10 panoramic folding views, all loosely inserted in rear pocket as issued. Text figure. Hardcover, bound in contemporary black half cloth and matching marbled boards; broken spine reattached, old shelf ticket, old military institutional stamps to half-title and title and to corner of all maps, endpapers bit foxed. In good condition, very good maps and plates. ¶ ~ First edition. Rare. The panoramic views are particularly interesting and most uncommon in modern book production. These are 10 reproductions of very realistic hand-drawn views in pencil and charcoal, possibly made after reconnaissance photographs but most likely drawn in-situ by the military artist Commander Bonnefoy, who has signed each drawing. Each view is accompanied by extended legend printed in letterpress at bottom, and with place names and topographic points of reference indicated with arrows. These beautiful views are reproduced here in collotype, one of the most accurate and attractive methods of photomechanical tonal printing processes. Highly skilled and expensive process, it cannot produce more than a limited number of impressions. It has been used for single-sheet prints and luxury portfolios, and since the 1950s has been abandoned by all except a few small specialist firms.

Keywords: Military history war warfare militaria militarism armed forces army navy battles campaigns Krieg Kriege Kriegszüge Feldzüge Militär Militärische Strategie Geschichte Militärgeschichte Kriegsgeschichte Armee Heer militaire Guerre Guerres histoire Franco

Price: EUR 420.00 = appr. US$ 456.48 Seller: Librarium of The Hague
- Book number: 7481

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