This title is a part of the "Collection d'Albums Historiques" which was published in Paris from 1880 to 1900. Published as a collectible series, the bookbinder and publisher spared no expense in producing the finest work available. The cover design is the work of the much revered Paul Souze, and the illustrations are by JOB. It is a first edition printing.
The large and colorful illustrations are renowned for not only their size, but their color and detail. JOB illustrated many of the titles in the Collection, including "Le Roi Soleil, Bonaparte and Napoleon". The illustrations are done in "chromotypograph", which means that the color was printed from raised metal, much the same as type is. This process was used for color prints which made use of metal relief blocks. This technique produced richly detailed and colored designs. In this title many of the designs are printed to a double plate. The French text recounts some of the most important military achievements of France.
The binding is of dark grey toile, which has been coated to give it more endurance. The cover design is both simple and striking. A large green banner bears the title of the book, a gilt eagle and rooster flank it on either side. The three colors of France, red, white and blue rise up from the center. There is a fanciful black frame, at the corners of this frame are green garlands with black ribbons each bearing a monumental year in French military history: "1870 France, 1859, Italie, 1854-1855 Crimee, and Algerie 1830". The title is gilt tooled along the spine. The back cover board has a blind embossed central medallion. The page edges are red, the endpapers grey. The binding measures: 14" tall and 11 1/4" wide, 3/4" thick.
The binding is in very good condition. There is some darkening and spotting to the grey toile. The gilt cover design is still fresh and brilliant. The text and engravings are still bright. The first blank page is separated from the spine on the interior bottom half. It is the one page only, the rest are still securely attached. There is light wear to the binding edges and corners, as is typical with age. The binding remains sound.
Item ID: LC68
Another shopper has this item in their Cart or Wish List. Don't miss out!
A division of Paris Chateau, presenting quality, authentic antique French books. LAYAWAYS WELCOME!
Rare and Antiquarian French Bindings: 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries, Bibles, Romantic, Medicine, History: LAYAWAYS WELCOME.