29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 26,900
Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 9,000
ECKERT, Heinrich, and MONTEN, Dietrich. Das K.K. Russische Militair. Würzburg: Christian Weiss, 1840 [but c.1842].
2° (350 x 258mm). 138 full-page lithographs with the publisher's blind-stamp in the lower margin, 107 of these tipped-in, as issued, on leaves with printed captions, all hand-coloured and finished with gum arabic. (Some light marginal spotting, a few short marginal tears some of these repaired.) Later green half-morocco PRESERVING THE ORIGINAL PRINTED BOARDS (extremities rubbed, boards scuffed and with some soiling, spine faded). Provenance: Theodor Brauer (inscription) -- Franz Gaucher (inscription dated 6 May 1883) -- Sir George Francis Hugh, Marquess of Cambridge (bookseller's note).
A RARE AND POSSIBLY COMPLETE SERIES OF HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPHS OF RUSSIAN MILITARY UNIFORMS, issued as part of Sämmtliche Truppen von Europa published in parts between 1838 and 1843 in issues with either German or French captions. Bibliographers disagree on the exact number of plates, with Colas noting that 'it is difficult to establish the exact content of this collection as, apart from the numerous variants, the known examples vary in content'. Colas 935 (calling for a printed dedication to Nicholas I and a few additional plates, but these may relate to another issue); Lipperheide I, Qc26. (For military uniforms see also lots 105 and 127.)
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