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30 hand-coloured lithographs of uniformed men in the Hessian army

MÜLLER, Franz Hubert and Joseph VÖLLINGER.
Grossherzoglich Hessisches Militair. Nach der Natur aufgenommen von . . . der Grossherzoglichen Gemaelde Gallerie in Darmstadt und auf Stein gezeichnet von J. Völlinger.
Karlsruhe, Johann Velten, [ca. 1830]. Royal folio (45×32 cm.) With a lithographic title-page and dedication to the Archduke Ludwig von Hessen (both by Johann Evangel. Mettenleiter), contents list and 30 numbered lithographs of army officers and enlisted men, many on horseback, all beautifully coloured by hand with watercolour, gouache and glazed highlights. Modern red half morocco. [2], 30, [1] ll.
€ 15,000
Fine and rare work on military costumes by Franz Hubert Müller (1784-1835) depicting the uniforms of military of all ranks in the Hessian army. The large costume plates are finely coloured by a contemporary hand, with rich, brilliant colours for the uniforms and subtle shades for the clouds and other background elements. With engraved dedication to Ludwig "Großherzog Von Hessen und bei Rhein". The plates show a Major General, a warrant officer of the Duke of Hessen, a general officer, engineers and figures from all divisions of the army: cavalry, artillery, infantry, military police, etc., standing or on horseback in a landscape, in the barracks or in a town.
Müller was an artist, engraver and author of books on fine arts. In 1817, having been appointed director of an art gallery in Darmstadt, he opened an academy of fine arts. The plates were lithographed by Joseph Völlinger (1790-1846) who worked in München and Karlsruhe.
With the bookplate of F.C. Koch. With the contents leaf cut down and mounted on a modern leaf. Otherwise in fine condition, with only a small marginal tear, unobtrusively repaired, and an occasional minor spot. Cat. De Ridder 278; Colas 2155; Hiler, p. 634; Lipperheide 2211.
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