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Topographic map of Paris, showing the new Séré de Rivières line

ANDRIVEAU-GOUJON, Eugène (editor). Environs de Paris dans un rayon de 30 kilomètres.
Paris, Eugène Andriveau-Goujon (printed by Erhard), 1889. Large folding engraved map (84 x 106 cm), colour-printed in outline with additional hand-colouring, drawn by Antoine and Calmelet and engraved by Charles Cornélis. The map has been divided into 36 sections and mounted on linen. Also with a protective cover of green cloth. Full description
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Italian translation of an important work on military and civic architecture,
with 54 aquatint plates

BÉLIDOR, Bernard Forest de. La scienza degli ingegneri nella direzione delle opere di fortificazione e d'architettura civile ... Seconda edizione con nuove aggiunte e correzioni.
Milan, Perelli and Mariani, 1840. 2 volumes (text and atlas). 4to. Atlas volume with 54 aquatint plates, all double-page except 3 folding plates and 2 single-page. Contemporary half sheepskin parchment. Full description
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Lovely commemoration of the Imperial success against the French at Acqui Terme in Piedmont,
printed in gold and in a gold-brocade wrapper

BIORCI, Guido. Applausi poetici alla vera rigenerazione del Piemonte operata nel 1799. Dalla divina provvidenza col celebre valore delle armi Austro-Russe.
Acqui Terme (between Torino and Genoua), Giovanni Francesco Arcasio, [1799?]. 4to. With woodcut arms on first leaf. Printed in gold throughout. Gold-brocade decorated paper wrappers, showing an embossed floral pattern with hunters, a wild boar, deer and dogs scattered through it, in gold, orange, yellow, lavendar and blue. In modern clamshell box. Full description
€ 4,000
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Secret reports from the South China Command to the British War Office, with reconnaissance photos,
written as Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek rose to power and veered toward civil war

[CHINA - SECRET BRITISH MILITARY REPORT]. Reports on Kwangtung and Fukien Provinces.
Hong Kong, British War Office, 1926-1928. Folio (22.5 x 35 cm). Five secret military reconnaissance reports totalling 138 numbered leaves in typescript (some in carbon copies or duplicated) with insertions and manuscript additions, with 47 original photographs (3.5 x 6 to 8 x 13 cm) mounted on the leaves (3 of the 47 are longer panoramas, each built up from 2 to 3 photos) and a folding blueprint plan (26 x 48.5 cm). Contemporary brown half cloth. Full description
€ 36,000
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The French fortification manual that finally succeeded Vauban’s, with 55 plates

CORMONTAINGNE, Louis de. Oeuvres posthumes ... Tome premier[-second] [& troisième].
Comprising:
(1) Mémorial pour la fortification permanente et passagère. ...
(2) Mémorial pour l'attaque des places. ...
(3) Mémorial pour la défense des places, faisant suite au mémorial pour l'attaque, ...
Paris, Charles Barrois (vol. II: Denis-Simon Magimel) (back of title-page vol. I & colophon vol. III: printed by H. Perronneau; back of title-page vol. II: printed by Demonville), 1809, 1815, 1806. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 55 engraved folding plates, 3 folding tables and additional tables in the text. Contemporary, uniform half tree calf, gold-tooled spines. Full description
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12 albumen prints showing Paris after the Franco-Prussian War,
including 9 by the French photographer Disdéri

DISDÉRI, André.

[Collection of 12 photographs of Paris and surroundings just after the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871)].
[Paris], André Disdéri, 1871. Seven albumen print by Disdéri (measuring 10/20 x 29 cm), mounted onto blue stiff paper leaves, with a caption in pencil in the left foot corner; three albumen prints, each mounted onto a white stiff paper leaf, including one by A. Serrault with printed text underneath; and two small portraits of carte de visite format (89 x 54 mm), probably by Disdéri, mounted together on one stiff paper leaf.

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