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Hand-colored plates of French military uniforms
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Hand-colored plates of French military uniforms

C.A. LITTRET DE MONTIGNY, 1772

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Hand-colored plates of French military uniforms
C.A. Littret de Montigny, 1772
LITTRET DE MONTIGNY, Claude Antoine (1735-1775). Uniformes militaires…les uniformes de la Maison du Roy, de tous les Régiments de France, des drapeaux, et étendards et guidons. Paris: Chez l’auteur, 1772.

Fine and complete copy of an important plate book on French military uniforms, “a very beautiful suite, quite rare complete” (Colas). The plates, by the French engraver Littret de Montigny, depict soldiers and cavalrymen from different units of the French military during the reign of Louis XV, each wearing his standard uniform surrounded by his unit’s colors, and each with an engraved caption giving the date of the unit’s establishment and describing its uniform and colors. In addition there are four unnumbered royal portrait plates of Louis XV, Louis Dauphin, Louis Stanislas, and Charles Philippe. Cohen (6th ed.) 735; Colas 2137; Lipperheide (1965) Qk13.

12mo (154 x 88mm). Hand-colored engraved title page; two-page engraved “Avertissement”; 170 numbered plates, with no. 140 appearing twice, and 5 unnumbered engraved plates, all hand-colored; 2 engraved leaves of table of contents. 19th-century morocco gilt by signed by Cambolle-Duru, all edges gilt, multi-colored silk endbands and silk ribbon bookmark.

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