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24 engraved views made for the Emperor of China,
showing the campaign expanding his western territories

[HELMAN, Isidore-Stanislas]. [Suite de seize estampes représentant les conquêtes de l'Empereur de la Chine, avec leur explication].
(2) [Supplement 1 with views 17-20].
(3) [Supplement 2 with views 21-24].
Paris, Isidore Stanislas Helman, Nicolas Ponce, 1783-1788. Oblong Imperial folio (35 x 48.5 cm). A series of 24 numbered engraved views (plate size 27 x 43 cm; image size 24 x 41 cm), with reproductions of the engraved explanation of the views, in both the earlier state covering views 1-16 and the later state covering views 1-24. Loose prints in folders in a modern archival box. Full description
€ 50,000
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First-hand account of British sieges during the Peninsular War,by the acting commanding engineer

JONES, John Thomas and Charles GOSSELIN (translator). Journaux des siéges entrepris par les alliés en Espagne, pendant les années 1811 et 1812; suivis de deux discours sur l'organisation des armées anglaises, et sur les moyens de la perfectionner... traduit de l'anglais...
Paris, Ancelin and Pochard, 1821. 8vo. With 9 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 650
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Description of the first panorama erected in Brussels

MAASKAMP, Evert. Description de la bataille glorieuse de Waterloo, exposé au panorama, place St. Michel à Bruxelles.
- État et répartition de l'armée co-allié, commandée en chef par Mgr. Le Duc de Wellington; au 18 juin 1815.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1818. 8vo. With a folding engraved and letterpress plate of the panorama. Original publisher's wrappers. Full description
€ 900
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On manoeuvres and formations for rifle companies and battalions, well illustrated

[MANUSCRIPT - MILITARY]. Plans deren Maneuvres der koenigl-spanischen Tropen[:] Plans deren Maneuvres[,] Formacionen und Colocacionen deren Officiers und Sergenten wie es bey dem löblichen Schweizer-Regiment Baron De Reding geübt wird.
Madrid, 1772. Oblong Imperial 4to (29.5 x 40 cm). Extensively illustrated manuscript on paper, written mostly in German in brown ink. With large armorial device on title-page, in colour, with the crowned impaled arms of Sicily (dexter) and Austria (sinister); a preliminary leaf with 2 rows of 6 colour pictures; and XVI numbered leaves with colour plans of battle-formations, with 37 numbered marginal drawings in brown ink with grey and yellow washes on 7 of these leaves showing details of gunlocks and tools; and some of the leaves with colour drawings of landscapes with mountains, lakes, etc. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, decorated paper sides. Full description
€ 6,950
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New siege game

[MILITARY - BOARD GAME]. Nieuw belegeringspel.
[Amsterdam, ca. 1880]. Large chromolithographed plate (46 x 60 cm), with a board game consisting of 56 squares, with at the head and on the upper right the rules of the game, and at the foot and lower right an illustration of a field battle. Full description
€ 200
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