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Types et Uniformes; L'Armee Francaise, Edouard Detaille & Jules Richard, 2 Vols as one, 1885. Large folio.

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Types et Uniformes; L'Armee Francaise, par Edouard Detaille. Texte par Jules Richard, 2 Vols as one:


Tome Premier; Etats-Majors, Ecoles, Infanterie, Cavalerie;

Tome Second; Armes Speciales, Corps Indigenes, Corps Auxillaires, Marine.

Published by Boussod, Valadon et Cie, Editeurs, Paris, 1885-1889. First edition.

A very impressive volume of considerable size  – 48.5cm (19 inches) high, and weighing over 7.5kg (16.6lbs), which is comprised of three quarters red leather covers with marbled paper over boards. Raised bands to spine with gilt lettering. Some bumping and wear, and scuffing and scratching to the boards.

Feathered marbling to endpapers, with previous owner's bookplates, which are also found on a front blank. The inner joint has been professionally strengthened resulting in a secure binding. 

The opening pages are a bit frayed to edges with some age toning. The pages which follow are nice and clean and the book's profuse illustrations provide for a very impressive book. The colour plates are beautifully produced. A very good copy.

Text in French.

Vol 1: Prelims + 128pp + Plates + 4pp Contents;

Vol 2: Prelims + 116pp + Plates + 4pp Contents + 1pp, followed by an additional 3pp at the rear on which are pasted an 11pp (smaller format) 'Illustrated Interview' with Edouard Detaille by Marie A. Belloc, comprising English Text and black and white illustrations. The article is complete. This interview is an original from The Strand Magazine, published in 1900.

Dimensions: Approximately 485mm high x 370mm wide x 45mm deep; almost elephant folio in size at 19 inches high.

Weight: Approximately  7.52kg (unpacked).