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Crimean War:] De Oorlog. Geschiedenis der - Ising, A. (Arnold Leopold Hendrik), - 1854. 
Rotterdam, Nijgh, 1854-56. - Five parts bound in one volume. Folio. Pp. (iv), 52; 52; 48; 48; 72. Fine lithograph frontispiece with 2 different plates, and a lithograph title-page. Plus over 150 fine lithographic plates printed on 74 (of 77) leaves, some tinted, some folding, many of which are compound, having up to 7 strikes on one leaf, all printed on different paper than that of the text. Including large folding lithograph plate with a splendid panoramic view of the bombardment of Sebastopol and a large folding lithograph map. Three plates are provided in facsimile. With numerous wood engravings to the text, many of which are full-page and several double-page engraved maps. Footnotes. Set in triple columns. Hardcover, bound in contemporary polished half calf and cloth over boards, spine gilt, spine is reattached to binding, joints mended, inner hinges neatly strengthened with archival cloth. Interior is complete as described and in good to very good condition, some plates foxed in places as usual due to different paper quality while many others are rather crisp and bright; neat repair to verso of one map, last plate bit creased, two plates loose in binding. - - First edition of this splendid work in the original installments. The bookdealer, auctioneer and publisher Koenraad Fuhri has established himself in The Hague in 1837. He published illustrated books and magazines, and in 1855 he established the daily "'s-Gravenhaagsch Dagblad". His co-operation with Arnold Leopold Hendrik Ising (1824-1898) began in 1847 when he published the "Groot Nederlandsch prentenboek" which Ising wrote together with W. J. van Zeggelen. An ambitious enterprise, this children book required the reproduction of 700 wood engravings. At the outbreak of the war at the Crimea, Fuhri set to publish, in unbound installments, his "De Oorlog. Geschiedenis der tegenwoordige krijgsgebeurtenissen in Europa". Ising collaborated now with the journalist Tobias van Westrheene Wz. The series was published from 1854 to 1856, in which year publisher Nijgh of Rotterdam bound the installments and offered them now in a book form. It was republished shortly thereafter under the name "De oorlog tusschen Rusland, Turkije en de Westersche Mogendheden, in het midden der 19e eeuw". It contains a fantastic array of dramatic sketches of the battlefields and horrifying images of life under fire, views, the war at sea, topography, military architecture and engineering, individual and group portraits, and the peace treaty, equally finely executed in both techniques, i.e. relief for the wood engravings and planographic for the lithographs. [Descriptive text Copyright Librariumof The Hague]
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