27 November 2008
ARMS AND ARMOUR -- GILLE, Florian (1801-1864). Musée des armes rares, anciennes et orientales, de sa Majesté l'Empereur de toutes les Russies. [Muzei redkikh, starinnykh i vostochnykh oruzheinykh predmetov Ego Imperatorskogo Velichestva Tsaria vsei Rossii.] St. Petersburg and Carlsruhe, J. Velten [1835-53].
2 vols in 1, comprising 30 parts, 2° (555 x 340mm). With explanatory text, engraved title and 181 lithographed plates. (Some browning and spotting.) Original half roan gilt (extremities rubbed, light staining). Provenance: Mark Dineley (armorial bookplate).
The Arsenal at Tsarskoe Selo housed a collection of more than 5000 items which was the pride of Emperor Nicholas I, who began collecting in his youth. Alexander II continued building the collection, before it was eventually moved to the Imperial Hermitage, where Florian Gille headed the First Department.
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