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LEBRETON (Louis). La Marine au XIXe siècle. 1855
61762 LEBRETON (Louis). La Marine au XIXe siècle. 1855 LEBRETON (Louis). La Marine au XIXe siècle. Paris, Langlumé s.d. (c. 1855). Oblong 4to. Lithographic title page. 12 lithographic plates numbered 13 to 24. Illustrated boards (rebacked). First Edition. Very rare suite of lithographs by Louis Lebreton (1818-1866), a marine draughtsman and lithographer, born in Douarnenez.A relative of Durmont D'Urville, he embarked on his ship the Astrolabe as a surgeon's assistant. During this circumnavigation he learnt the art of drawing from Ernest Goupil, the official artist of the expedition whom he would eventually replace after his death in 1840. After returning in France, he participated to the publication of the journey's account, receiving his first training course of lithography. After becoming a designer at the maps depository in 1848, Lebreton began to print his own engravings from 1849. He is well-known for the excellent quality of his drawings of ships, based on the observations he made in his travels to French harbours, and giving interesting details on their contemporary technical improvements: steam, paddles, propellers, etc.This collection picturing the naval battles of the war of Crimea, seems to exist with the same title under a variety of states. Not only the number of plates seems to differ sometimes from one copy to another, but the 12 plates which it usually contains are not always the same. Some copies contain 12 plates numbered 1 to 12, and others (like this one) contain 12 plates numbered 13 to 24.Engraved ex-libris "Raymond de Dampierre".Good copy in original … [Click Below for Full Description]
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