[Miger, Pierre Auste Marie]
Published: Auber, Paris, 1806.
Tableaux Historiques des Campagnes D’Italie, depuis l’an IV jusqu’a la Bataille de Marengo; suivis De Précis des opérations de l’Armée d’Orient, des détails sur les cérémonies du Sacre, des Bulletins officiels de la Grande Armée et de l’Armée d’Italie dans tout le cours de la dernière guerre d’Allemagne, jusqu’à la paix de Presbourg. Toutes les vues ont été prises sur les lieux memes, et les Estampes sont gravées d’après les dessins originaux de Carle Vernet WITH Précis Historique de la Campagne D’Allemagne.
Nineteenth century case binding covered with a marbled blue paper; spine bears a crimson morocco title-label embellished with a decorative surround; Secondo, 520x360 mms.
First Edition. Half title, vignette title-page, engraved frontispiece of Napoleon on his horse by Simon after Carle Vernet, twenty-four plates by Duplessi-Bertaux and others, after drawings by Carle Venet, one double page map hand coloured in outline by Louvet after Dieu, two medallion portraits of Napoleon and Josephine, one engraved header by Roger after Duplessi-Bertaux and a Napoleonic emblem tailpiece. Occasionally a double-page plate of the Battle of Austerlitz is found at the rear however this is not called for by Ray.
A wonderful copy in incredibly clean condition of this beautifully illustrated book.
Pages 130 to 138 provide information regarding the 'Cérémonies du sacred et du Couronnement de sa Majesté Impériale Napoléon-Le-Grand'. The final part of this work 'Précis Historique de la Campagne D'Allemagne' has separate pagination.
Ray 79; Brunet V, 627.
Carle Vernet (1758-1836) was the son of the popular landscape artist Joseph Vernet, the younger Vernet early exhibited a gift for painting and came to develop an acute eye for natural detail. He rose to fame under the empire with his drawings of the Italian campaign and his paintings of 'The Battle of Marengo' (1804) and 'Morning of Austerlitz'. In addition he had a talent for intimate genre and for drawing rather than for painting. His long series of fashionable studies, often satirizing contemporary manners and costume, were reproduced by the best engravers of the time. After the restoration of the monarchy, Vernet became court painter to Louis XVIII and was popular as a lithographer in addition to painting dogs, horses, and scenes of the hunt.
Dimensions (height / length / width )
53.5cm / 4cm / 36cm