Book Description

First edition. Parts 11, 20-22, 29, 33-34, 36-37, 41, 45, and 47-48. Folio (38 x 27cm). Publisher’s original quarter grey cloth over paper-covered boards with elaborate decorative titles and vignette illustration to the upper board. Each part illustrated with between 5 and 12 splendid tipped-in hand-coloured lithographs highlighted in albumen, with titles and publisher’s blindstamp beneath - 82 in total - plus two further hand-coloured ‘schema’ plates. A very good set indeed, the bindings square and firm with minor marking to the boards and a touch of wear to the extremities. The contents with the odd mark or nick to page margins, the occasional spot of paper adhesion to a handful of the plates (a little more so to a couple), and a loose rear endpaper to one volume, are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout. The plates remain bright and the colours vivid. An excellent set.
Dealer Notes
A large group of original parts from Eckert and Monten’s magnificent series illustrating the military costumes of Europe, containing over 80 exquisitely-executed hand-coloured lithographs depicting the uniforms of the German army.

A truly monumental work, the series was issued between 1838 and 1843, ultimately numbering 48 parts, containing 384 plates. Considered to be one of the greatest works of its type, the illustrations provide a wonderfully detailed rendering of military life, as well as military costume, in nineteenth-century Europe, with each vivid, meticulously hand-coloured plate - often literally shimmering due to the additional use of albumen - depicting soldiers within typical settings, including battlefields, barracks, town and country.

The present volumes cover the troops of Prussia, Bavaria, Hessen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Reuss, Hohenzollren Hechingen, Schaumburg Lippe, Schwarzburg Sondershausen, Sachsen Meinungen, Lippe Detmold, Baden, Braunschweig, Oldenburg, Hannover, Nassau, Sachsen Coburg Gotha, Saxony, Mecklenburg Schwerin, Holstein, and Hessen Cassel.
(Colas 935; Lipperheide 2120).
Author ECKERT, H. A.; MONTEN, D.:
Date [1838-1843]
Publisher Würzburg: Christian Weiss.

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