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PAJOL, Charles Pierre (Lieut.-Colonel, Comte de).

Armée Russe

[Русская армия].

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Paris, Auguste Bry et Lemercier, 1856

Luxurious hand coloured edition of this monumental record of all Russian army uniforms. A fresh example of a work which very rarely appears on the market.

This extensive work on the Russian military was sold for 125 Francs on its publication in 1856 but this quickly rose to 200 Francs thanks to the book's scarcity. In his famous catalogue of rarities, Solovev priced the book at an impressive 275 rub and described it a a 'Luxurious edition [...] a great rarity complete'.

Dedicated to the Russian Tsar, the military costumes include plates of the Tsar and his four sons as well as numerous regiments, all with fine hand-colouring. Ironically, Pajol commanded the French cavalry in Crimea (against Russia), while his father, Comte Claude-Pierre Pajol (1772-1844), was a Napoleonic general who led the French advance guard into Moscow.

Although Colas follows Vinet in stating that the 29 numbered plates, which include the title

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First edition. Two parts in one volume 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-lithograph dedication and plates of medals, arms and regimental flags; Second part: 56 lithographs of costumes printed in colour by Godard and finished by hand; occasional marginal spotting; contemporary green half morocco, flat spine with compartments decorated and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges; slightly rubbed, corners a bit bumped.


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; Solovev kat. 105, No96.

Stock ID:94046

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