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ArmÃ©e Russe [??????? ?????] - PAJOL, Charles Pierre comte de (Lieut.-colonel - 1856. 
ImprimÃ© par Auguste Bry imprimerie Lemercier Paris 1856 - First edition. Large folio (61.8 x 44 cm). First part: 23 leaves numbered I-XXIX (3rd leaf = III, IV, 4th = V, VI, 7th = IX, X, XII (XI not used), 9th = XIV, XV, XVI, plate XXI i & XXI ii) being title, chromo-lithographed dedication, plates of weapons etc, and text; Second part: 56 fine lithographed plates of costumes printed in colour by Godard and finished by hand; occasional marginal spotting. Contemporary green half morocco, spine with compartments decorated and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges; slightly rubbed, corners bumped. Luxurious hand coloured edition of this monumental work on Russian army. Dedicated to the Russian Emperor, the work contains all the Russian army uniforms The first five plates in the series constituting portraits of Tsar Nicholas and his four sons (the plates of Nicholas I and crown prince Alexandre Nicolajewisch are signed in facsimile on the mount). A wide variety of topographical scenes, pleasing variations in the posture of the figures, and fine hand-colouring, are all combined to good effect in the plates which are given a certain irony because Pajol commanded the French cavalry in the Crimea, while his father, comte Claude-Pierre Pajol (1772-1844), was a Napoleonic general who led the French advance guard into Moscow. When published in 1856, the edition was sold for 125 Fr., but because of the book's scarcity, a purchaser would have to pay 200 fr. for it. In his famous catalogue of rarities Solovjev priced the book at 275 rub. Although Colas follows Vinet in stating that the 29 numbered plates, which include the title and dedication, are on 22 leaves, the fact that there is a plate 21bis brings the actual total to 23 leaves. Brunet IV, 311; Colas 2260 (giving incorrect details of the pages in part 1); Hiler p. 683 (8 plates only); Lipperheide Qo12 (incomplete copy); Vinet 2328; Bobins 208; Solovjov kat. 105, ?96. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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