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"Painted" Sheet of Ten Cupon de Racionamiento,  Post-Spanish Civil War Falange Ration Stamps
1 "Painted" Sheet of Ten Cupon de Racionamiento, Post-Spanish Civil War Falange Ration Stamps
1944 NA Good 
The pictorial side of the coupons shows a fighter holding two flags. While printed, one can easily perceive this image as having been painted directly onto the sheet, and this lends excitement to the image. Both sides of the sheet are stained, but not so much as to compromise the image, and we believe as an unused sheet this is a rare survivor. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Album of Caricatures and Photos of an Austro-Hungarian Army Unit Stationed in Northern Italy, circa early 1860s.
2 Album of Caricatures and Photos of an Austro-Hungarian Army Unit Stationed in Northern Italy, circa early 1860s.
Full Morocco Very Good 
Fabulous collection of army caricatures, as well as actual photos of many of the soldiers and officers. The artwork has an inimitable naive, folk art-ish and outsider art-ish quality that is simply captivating. Even with the captions mostly unreadable by us written as they are in an indecipherable Suettelin Schrift, the humor and narrative generally comes through very clearly. The artwork is mostly focused on the soldiers' lifestyle -- hunting, womanizing and wooing, drinking and carousing, day to day activities, and other than their being in uniform mostly, relatively light on actual military matters. Early 1860s, before Austria lost much of Northern Italy. Oblong. 23.5 by 29 cm. 67 pp. with content. First, 22 pp. of photos, with 82 photos in all, with all but two individual oval portraits. Then 35 pp. of painted caricatures, containing 40 mounted pieces, one of which has a fold-out and thus is larger than the page, a few are full page size, and several form multi-part narrative series, like a cartoon strip. About half of these are thickly or thoroughly painted, while the rest may have a combination of pencil and watercolor, and simple or no background to the drawn human figures. 8 pp. of portraits, one painted, the others, drawn with pencil or printed. 2 pp. of mixed media photo caricatures (16 such caricatures, which generally have photo imaged heads combined with drawn bodies, all of which is contained in a photo image). Condition: two inch chip to lower spine. Leather on boards rubbed and worn. Moderate soiling to the album's leaves, with a few corner creases, etc. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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3 All'Ombra della Torre Per la Patria e Per il Re. XXXIII Corso di Complemento
1935 Wraps Very Good 
Oblong, 24 by 34 cm. 132 pp. Caricatures and humorous primarily about the Italian navy but venturing into other areas as well, including music and sport, inasmuch as touch naval officers and enlistees. Wraps are foxed, title page as well in margins. Otherwise, generally clean. Quite scarce. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Charming group of hand-made and painted folk art origami figures, including fourteen soldiers, three horses, a flag on a staff, and two incomplete figures (a horse and a soldier)
4 Charming group of hand-made and painted folk art origami figures, including fourteen soldiers, three horses, a flag on a staff, and two incomplete figures (a horse and a soldier)
NA Very Good 
N.d., early twentieth century (1910 to early 1930s), based, among other things, on box housing the grouping with stamp of George V, which dates from 1914. (We assume the box housed the grouping from the time it was created, more or less.) The figures are quite precisely painted, and appealingly resemble nutcracker soldiers and what we would imagine would be their toy mounts. Testament to the attention to detail is that the mane on one of the horses is very precisely cut into separate fine strands! The paint colors on the soldiers are bright and eye-catching blues and reds, with some green, yellow and quite realistic flesh colors, while the horses are bay, piebald and chestnut-ish. Most of the soldiers have bayonets or muskets, and they are all postured as if on a ceremonial march. Although origami, the figures are essentially two dimensional, but an example of the care rendered is that they are all painted on both sides. The unfinished figures are a plus to have as well, as they easily reveal the process by which the figures were made. We don't know who made the figures, although their are initials on the two unfinished ones, and we would guess that whoever made them was from the Bristol area of England, based again on the box housing them. Our conjecture was that a young adult made the figures, but certainly it had to be someone with the skill beyond the ability of a pre-teen. The soldiers are generallly 8 cm tall, the horses, the same, and the horses are about 10 cm long at their longest. Some of the firearms are bent, and there is other trivial soiling. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Five Au Bon Marché Cards from the Series
5 Five Au Bon Marché Cards from the Series "La Vie Maritime" Depicting Children in the Navy
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Noted on cards is that the store was on the jury at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 -- it isn't clear whether these cards were issued in conjunction with the fair. Cards measure 10.5 by 15 cm. The full series, we believe, was six, meaning we lack one from the series. One card with evidence on text side of having been pasted into an album. A few closed tears, all but one miniscule, and the longer one is inconspicuous in our view. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Geschichte und Bildliche Vorstellung der Regimenter des Erzhauses Oesterreich
6 Geschichte und Bildliche Vorstellung der Regimenter des Erzhauses Oesterreich
Wien Reillychen geographischen Verschleiss Komptoir 1796 Full Morocco Fine 
8vo. 19 by 12 cm. 168 hand-colored copper engraved plates of Austrian military uniforms of all kinds -- infantry, cavalry, etc. -- from the eighteenth century, followed by 27 page register. Scarce -- only institutional copies found at Herzogin Anna Amalia, Coburg, BNF and Brown. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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7 Historical Records of the Life Guards: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Corps in the Year 1660, and of Its Subsequent Services to 1835
London William Clowes and Sons 1835, 1837 First Edition Half Morocco Very Good 
8vo. xi, ix, [1], 291 pp. With six charming hand-colored plates depicting Life Guards on horseback. Edgewear to cloth and soiling of boards. Morocco, which is more modern, is clean and attractive. Foxing in preliminaries; otherwise, only occasional soiling of leaves and overall quite clean. All plates are richly colored and handsome. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Lecciones de Fortificacion de Campaña,  sacadas de las obras modernas que tratan del arte militar, y particularmente de la obra clasica francesa titulada diario del oficial de ingenieros.
8 Lecciones de Fortificacion de Campaña, sacadas de las obras modernas que tratan del arte militar, y particularmente de la obra clasica francesa titulada diario del oficial de ingenieros.
Paris Libreria Americana 1830 First edition Quarter Calf. Marbled boards. Good 
Scarce, with only copy found on OCLC First Search at the BNF. 12mo. 13.5 by 9 cm. 114 pp. Divided into 12 lessons. Foxing throughout, as to be expected with the particular paper stock. Spine calf rubbed, worn, with cracked joint. Still fully intact and legible. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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9 Little Soldier Boys ABC
New York McLoughlin Brothers 1900 Wraps Good Plus 
Large 4to. 33 by 26 cm, or 13 by 10.25 inches. (Note that this was also issued in a smaller format.) Unpaginated, with 16 pp. when including the pictorial stiff wrap covers, each letter accompanied by a bright chromolithographic illustration. "A" is for Artilleryman, "B" is for Bugler, and onward, til "Z", for Zouave. All the pictures depict children in adult uniform and situations, wherein lies the charm, and at the time this was published served to burnish the romance of all things martial to little boys who then could play-act and dream of one day donning a military uniform for real. The inside covers have two toned illustrations instead of full color. The rear inside cover features "Little Soldiers' Multiplication Table", and this continues in its doggeril verse the rhyming scheme that also runs through the alphabet. Considerable wear, flattened creases, and soiling to the binding, with a closed tear along the fold. Light soiling within. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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10 The Military Costume of Turkey. Illustrated by a Series of Engravings from Drawings made on the Spot.
London T. M'Lean 1818 Hardcover Very Good 
Highly uncommon large paper edition! Elephantine folio, 47.5 by 34 cm. 30 hand-colored plates, plus hand-colored vignette on primary title page. With half-title, dedication, 5 page preface, table of contents, and each plate accompanied by a separate leaf containing explanatory material on the illustration. Condition: cover of later buckram, with some soiling. Scattered foxing to plates. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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The Officer's Manual in the Field;  or, a Series of Military Plans, Representing the Principal Operations of a Campaign. Translated from the German.  Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York
11 The Officer's Manual in the Field; or, a Series of Military Plans, Representing the Principal Operations of a Campaign. Translated from the German. Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York
London (also Edinburgh and Dublin) T. Bensley, printer, for Egerton; Elmsley and Bremner; Lloyd; Sewell; Stockdale; Wright; Mundell and Son; J. Milliken 1798 Full Calf Good 
12mo. 16.5 by 13.5 cm. 70 pp., plus 60 plates of maps depicting primarily army positions and maneuvers and fortifications. "Translated from a work which was published at Berlin, under the auspices of General Czetteritz, without any date but it is suposed to have been written a few years subsequent to the peace of 1763." Condition: missing plate 26 and a duplicate copy of plate 34 placed where 26 should be. (Disorderly compilation was apparently rife with the printing of this book, and generally copies are missing one or more plates in a similar fashion.) Full calf binding is rough, wiht significant rubbing, some drying of the leather, chips to the spine label. Tissue guards are generally eaten around their edges and are foxed. The pages proper are age toned but read clean, with occasional light soiling. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Three Au Bon Marché Cards Depicting Children in Military Branches:  Marine, Infanterie, and Artillerie
12 Three Au Bon Marché Cards Depicting Children in Military Branches: Marine, Infanterie, and Artillerie
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Noted on cards is that the store was on the jury at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 -- it isn't clear whether these cards were issued in conjunction with the fair. Cards measure 15 by 10.5 cm. Each with two images, and four captions. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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[Advertising Broadside/Brochure] The Battle Cry of Peace
13 [Advertising Broadside/Brochure] The Battle Cry of Peace "A Call to Arms Against War" The Greatest War Drama Ever Filmed. The Triumph of Preparedness! . . .
Boston Printer: The Libbie Printing Co. 1915 Brochure Very Good 
A scarce advertisement for a "photo-drama of war", released in 1915 and now mostly lost. The movie was for its day a huge spectacle, using as it did a cast of thousands, to advance its pro-war message. The plot of the epic was premised on the Central Powers exploited American Pacifists to keep the U.S. from arming itself and then attacking the militarily unprepared and weak U.S. In the movie all kinds of atrocities are then committed against Americans. The movie, directed by J. Stuart Blackton and Wilfrid North, starred Charles Richman, Norma Talmadge, Mary Maurice, and L. Rogers Lytton. 26.5 by 18.5 cm. 4 pp., but with the qualities of a broadside on the front cover or first page as well as the inner two pages in which a dozen scenes of the movie are set forth with still photos and captions. The back cover has quotes from famous Americans, past and present, along with an endorsement of the movie by Theodore Roosevelt, whose assistance was supposedly instrumental in the producer getting assistance from the War Department. Also listed on the last page are the special effects employed in the movie, such as the bombardment of new York, whole buildings toppling, Wall Street in flames, sea battles, and much, much more. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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In Teatro della Guerra.  Antico e Moderno.  Vol. unico Vol. XVI della Raccolta, Arnaud, Giuseppe (1808-1880)
14 Arnaud, Giuseppe (1808-1880) In Teatro della Guerra. Antico e Moderno. Vol. unico Vol. XVI della Raccolta
Milano Ditta Pietro e Giuseppe Vallardi 1863 Hardcover Very Good 
Scarce, with the only copy located at the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense in Milan. (Note this copy does not show up on OCLC.) Oblong 8vo. 14.5 by 20 cm. 126, [1] pp. With twelve hand-colored plates. Condition: stains to the paper pastedown on the cover, with some shallow blistering of this paper as well. A few minor tears, repaired, of the paper along joint. Chip at spine base. Scattered foxing, with a few pages conspicuously darkened. Still in our judgment a very good copy. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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15 Arnoux, Guy. Edité par Martine 12 Chansons. Tirees des Recueils Anciens par les soins d'un Amateur avec les principaux Couplets de l’époque et des Illustrations nouvelles de Mr. Guy Arnoux, Artiste à Paris
Paris Paul Dupont First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
Richly colored pochoir plates, most with a military subject. (Also hunting, early 19th century fashion, the racetrack, Frère Jacque.) N.d., circa 1910s. Oblong, 25 by 33 cm. 26 pp. A dozen pochoir plates. (Table of contents, pochoir plate on left, song with musical notation on right, last page with publication info.) Arnoux's illustrations have a deliberately naive quality, with big splashes of bold color, and are invariably visually arresting. The leaves are doubled over or folded over Japanese style. Cover is soiled. Rebacked. Heavy wear to edges, with chipping of edge paper pastedown. Prelim blank is chipped and creased. Actual content well-preserved and clean, with pochoirs bright and lovely. 
Price: 245.00 USD
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A Prospect of Plymouth Sound from a drawing made in the Year 1918 from a drawing made in the Year 1918 by Maxwell Ayrton Lieut. RNAS and now re-drawn for Commander and Mrs. Beaver.  Christmas, 1942, Ayrton, Maxwell
16 Ayrton, Maxwell A Prospect of Plymouth Sound from a drawing made in the Year 1918 from a drawing made in the Year 1918 by Maxwell Ayrton Lieut. RNAS and now re-drawn for Commander and Mrs. Beaver. Christmas, 1942
1942 NA Very Good 
Panorama, closed, oblong, 23.5 by 32 cm, 6 panels, when spread fully open, 190 cm. Maxwell Ayrton (1874-1960) was a well-known architect, best known as the architect of Wembley Stadium. This panorama is done in pen-and-ink with tinting in brown and green by use of wash. We believe it is an updating of a drawing Ayrton did during the First World War as a presentation to a naval commander during the Second World War. The harbor is filled with warships while the peaceful city and countryside are shown in both the background and foreground. Points of interest are designated by small captions. The cover features a naval emblem as a centerpiece. The panorama is done on a heavy card stock. Condition: light foxing. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Danske Uniformer., Berghs, Th.
17 Berghs, Th. Danske Uniformer.
Denmark Wöldikes Forlags Expedition 1864 First edition Blindstamped Cloth Good Plus 
13 by 11 cm. Fifteen panels, including title page, each with hand-colored illustrations. The title page features a trophy assortment of military wares. All the other plates are of two or three men, and occasionally a horse, in military regalia, showcasing all the wings of the Danish military. Scarce, with only three copies located on OCLC First Search (Brown, BNF). Wear to the cloth binding. Age toning to the paper. Light pencilled in "captions", by a previous owner, stating what the uniforms represent. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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The Communists of Paris 1871.  Types -- Physiognomies -- Characters With Explanatory Text descriptive of each Design written expressly for this Edition By An Englishman.  Eye-witness of the Scenes and Events of that Year, Bertall [Charles Albert D'Arnoux] (1820-1882)
18 Bertall [Charles Albert D'Arnoux] (1820-1882) The Communists of Paris 1871. Types -- Physiognomies -- Characters With Explanatory Text descriptive of each Design written expressly for this Edition By An Englishman. Eye-witness of the Scenes and Events of that Year
Paris and London Buckingham and Co. 1873 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
4to. 32 by 24 cm. With 40 hand-colored plates, each with separate page or two of satiric explanation. Tear of cloth along joints. Some other shelfwear and light soiling of cloth. Clean within. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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An Illustrated Record of Important Events in the Annals of Europe, During the Years 1812, 1813, 1814, & 1815.  Comprising a Series of Views of Paris, Moscow, the Kremlin, Dresden, Berlin, the Battles of Leipsic, etc. etc. etc.  Together with a History of Those Moentous Transactions., Bowyer, Robert
19 Bowyer, Robert An Illustrated Record of Important Events in the Annals of Europe, During the Years 1812, 1813, 1814, & 1815. Comprising a Series of Views of Paris, Moscow, the Kremlin, Dresden, Berlin, the Battles of Leipsic, etc. etc. etc. Together with a History of Those Moentous Transactions.
London T. Bensley, for R. Bowyer 1815 First edition Half Calf. Marbled Boards. Very Good 
Folio, 46 by 32 cm. 76 pp. Eighteen hand-colored aquatint plates, four of which are folding. One b/w map plate. Also bound in, in slightly smaller size, are two b/w plates bound in at front, showing in one, portraits of the top figures in France (the royal family, the Bonaparte family, generals and statesmen), and in the other, portraits of the top British personages (and of their allies), with a hand-written key of names of the cameos on the back. Abbey Life 352. The work is complicated bibliographically, with another title used by Bowyer, "The Triumph of Europe", and various plate counts, with most copies coming with fewer than the present volume. While this copy doesn't have the Porto Ferrajo plate, it is still arguably complete. Some scattered light to moderate soiling -- finger smudging mainly. Some flattened paper creases. Still, overall on the clean side, with the pictorial images of the plates bright. Later half-calf binding with light scuffs and a few stain spots but still attractive. 
Price: 3800.00 USD
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Silhouettes Militaires.  De la Révolution et du 1er Empire Collection Bernard-Franck, Brisquet
20 Brisquet Silhouettes Militaires. De la Révolution et du 1er Empire Collection Bernard-Franck
NA Very Good 
An magnificent collection of 20 military costume mixed media oil paintings that were once part of a major French collection of militariana. N.d., 1830 to 1860 -- these were nostalgic portraits created during the reigns of Louis Philippe and Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III). Brisquet, the artist, apparently was set-up on the esplanade by les Invalides, certainly a logical place for a creator of military-related bric-a-brac to set up shop, so to speak, and seek to sell his wares. A variety of sizes, ranging in height between 34 and 45 cm, and width, 10 to 29 cm. We have 21 panels in all, with one containing a short textual description of the group. By mixed media, we are referring to the application of cut-outs, made mostly of very thick card, on board, giving the portraits and accessories a dimensionality. Some of these applied pieces are movable -- arms in particular -- or were meant to be so. Largely by dint of these cut-outs, the portraits have a folk art or naive quality. The soldiers are shown carrying firearms, flags, musical instruments, etc. Seldom is the portrait without some other element of interest, and always the background is enriched with a landscape suggestive of a rural battlefield or training ground. The portraits are all by the same artist, Brisquet, and they all are done in the same style. Based on the short explanatory panel, which describes him as a "Tir", which translates as a shooter, we would surmise that he was himself a veteran and possibly a resident himself of les Invalides. Portrayed are the following military figures, rendered in the original French and translated to English if needed: Generale Barthélemy Catherine Joubert, General Eduard Mortier (unlabeled on front), two panels of grenadiers (without further specificity), grenadier hollandais, grenadier de la Vistule (Polish grenadier), tirailleur (sharpshooter), sapeur de dragons, lancier Espagnol, fusilier, inspecteur aux regnes, porte-drapeau (flag bearer), tombour des volontaires (volunteer drummers), eclaireur a cheval jeune garde (young mounted guard and scout -- the portrait doesn't show the guard on horseback though), musicien chapeau Chinois (musician with a Chinese hat), two panels, not identical, of musicien d'Etat-Major, Legion Italique 1800, Flanqueur chasseur and a voltigeur (a member of a skirmish unit created by Napoleon). Each of the paintings is framed by brown strips of thick card, about 1 cm in width. At the base of each picture, excepting one, is a thin label, attached with brad nails, identifying for us who is being portrayed. We can assume that Brisquet made many more of these, and it seems probable that Bernard-Franck himself had many more, based on the numbering on the backs of many of the paintings. Still, we would consider this grouping to be more than ample and not conspicuously lacking in anything. Bernard Franck (1848-1924) was recognized as a leading collector of both militariana and Napoleonic era souvenirs. Born in Paris of a Jewish family, Franck ran a family business that manufactured military equipment. During the Franco-Prussian War he volunteered as a Zuoave. During his lifetime parts of his collection were loaned out for exhibition, starting with the Paris Exposition of 1900, and a part of his collection would be acquired by J.P. Morgan, who contributed it to the Metropolitan Museum. Many of the figurines in his collection are now owned by the Musée de l’Armée which is located in les Invalides. All the panels have rings on their back that can be used for hanging them. The majority of the paintings are darkened and could benefit from a cleaning. This we can discern based on a few that are considerably brighter and thus are obviously closer to their original, intended state of color. Never, though, are featured blurred beyond recognition. A few chips to the applique pieces -- a missing hand, a missing piece to a wood stump, etc. Some of what were meant to be movable pieces no longer function as such. None of these losses materially affect the imagery. Rubbing of the frame pieces here and there. A few cracks to the card material or across the painting. In general, the condition flaws are acceptable and within expectation for decorative antiques -- one could say they add to the character, even. 
Price: 6000.00 USD
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