Detaille, Eduoard, illustrator; Jules Richard, author of text L'Armee Francaise. Types et Uniformes
Paris Boussard, Valadon & Cie. 1887 First edition Portfolios Very Good
Three portfolios, each elephantine folios measuring 19 by 14 inches, 50 by 37 cm. With 60 colored plates in third volume. Vol. I: three title page with color illustration (all three) and 128 pp. Vol. II: same title and 116 pp. Many text illustrations as well. The aquarelles and drawings used for the work were four years in the making. The publication was meant to glorify the French military, from the Royal Army through the Revolutionary and First Empire armies, to the Restoration, the African corps, the Crimean War era, the Franco-Prussian War and the present at the time of publication. Portfolios are modern green cloth with silk ties. Contents are loose as issued. Some scattered minor wear. Some soiling here and there, a few minor chips as well.