Das deutsche Bundesheer in charakteristischen Gruppen [...] (Sämmtliche Truppen von Europa in charakteristischen Gruppen).
Folio (250 x 359 mm). 2 vols. Together 382 (instead of 384) coloured lithographed plates, some heightened with egg-white. The majority mounted on thick paper with the blind stamp of Eckert & Weiß. Captioned in German. Contemporary half calf with giltstamped spine and spine-title. Marbled endpapers.
Luxury edition of the famous military costume series. A nearly complete run of the German and Austrian uniforms from the monumental artistic collection showing the armies of Europe. Vividly and brightly coloured, the splendid plates display costumes as well as characteristic scenes of army life, frequently featuring idyllic scenery or battle scenes in the background. The present volumes include uniforms from Austria, Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Braunschweig, Nassau, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Baden and other states.
The work was originally published in 48 issues comprising 8 plates each, resulting in a total of 384 plates. During the long period of publication, several plates were revised and adapted; many were published in different versions, and more than 425 known plates in total.
Calf somewhat rubbed, occasional light browning. Plates are crisp and clean. Additional title-page of the "Sämmtliche Truppen" series supplied in photocopy in volume I. Contemporary ownership on the title-page overpasted. A good copy of the sumptuous special edition of this magnificent work.
Colas 935. Hiler 261. Lipperheide 2120 and Qc 26. For the edition and number of plates cf. Georg Ortenburg in his preface to vol. I. of the Harenberg facsimile edition, Bibliophile Taschenbücher 235, Dortmund 1981, p. 10.