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MARTINET: THE UNIFORMS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE “Gallery of the children of March, offering to Her Majesty the Empress and Queen”. 27893

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MARTINET: THE UNIFORMS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE “Gallery of the children of March, offering to Her Majesty the Empress and Queen”. 27893

The publishing house called Martinet, or Martinet-Hautecoeur, published a considerable number of costume suites of all kinds throughout the 19th century. Napoleon's army was widely represented throughout the First Empire, with many artists and publishers representing the regiments of the Grande Armée. The most complete series published under the First Empire is that published by Martinet, made up of 339 plates brought together under the title: “Gallery of the Children of March, offering to her Majesty the Empress and Queen”.

The work offered by Les Éditions du Canonnier includes the complete suite of 339 plates, increased by approximately 927 plates presenting the different regiments and variations of uniforms throughout the First Empire until the Hundred Days, as well as 30 reproductions original watercolors.

This unique book, brought together for the first time since the original edition, the most complete set that has ever been assembled. It brings together the collections of the Prince of Moscow, established at the beginning of the 20th century, the collection of Madame Anne Brown and the Raoul and Jean Brunon collections, supplemented by private collections.

Here is what Mr. Glasser writes in his work “Military Costumes” about this collection: “Engraved plates, in height and colored, representing one and rarely several soldiers on foot or on horseback, varied poses and backgrounds. Square line. Top, middle: French troops; on the right, year of publication (on part of the plates only) on the left Number engraved or written by hand, bottom, in the middle: name of the corps or regiment; on the left, at Martinet, Éditeur, rue du Coq, n° 13; on the right, Deposited at the Imperial Library.

The indications that we have just given are not absolute; the board number is often on the right instead of on the left; the indication, at Martinet, Éditeur, rue du Coq, n°13, is sometimes on the right and sometimes below the title, finally the address of the publisher does not appear on all the plates.

Among the plates in this collection, some only served to represent a single type; they most often carry an engraved number: others like that of the Cavalry, for example, were used to represent the different regiments of the same weapon and they bear handwritten numbers, which vary with the regiment number. Finally, what contributes to making the classification of the plates even more difficult is that there are frequently, for the same weapon, several types which were used, depending on the era, to represent the different regiments of this weapon. Thus the Hussars are represented by three different types and No. 11, for example, which is assigned to the 5th Hussar regiment, was placed indifferently on the boards of the three types which represent the Hussars. It is the same for Cuirassiers, Dragoons and Horse Hunters.”

500 pages printed in full color on Munken Print Extra 150 grams paper. The work is the collection of 339 plates augmented by 927 variants plus 29 original watercolors, coming from the former collections of the Prince of Moscow, the Jean Brunon collections, the collection of Madame Anne Brown (University of Providence in the United States), and several private collections.
Full canvas cover, Karine endpapers, edge, bookmark, bronze with gilding iron on plate 1 and spine. Format 33 x 24.5 cm Italian style.
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