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BELLANGE, Joseph Louis Hippolyte.
Collection Des Types De Tous Les Corps Et Des Uniformes Militaires De La Republique Et De L'Empire. 50 Planches coloriees comprenant les Portraits de Bonaparte, premier Consul; de Napoleon, Empereur; du prince Eugene, de Roi Murat et du Prince

Paris: Jean Jacques Dubrochet, 1844.
Hiler 78; Colas 2887; Lipperheide 2316 (German ed.); OCLC: 22150012 (3 copies); Bobins III 1132; Glasser pp.59 & 60; Beraldi II 24; Brivois pp. 40.
Paris: Jean Jacques Dubrochet, 1844.

Large 8vo. vii[1]112pp. Second (expanded) edition. Half green morocco over green cloth boards with single gilt rule, spine in compartments with raised bands, and a decorative repeated motif. Titled in gilt to spine. Top edge gilt, minor rubs, marbled endpapers, bookplate of 'Moncure Biddle' some foxing. Bound by Donnelles. Fifty full-page hand-colored costume plates and woodcuts in the text. Hippolyte Bellange (1800-1866) French battle painter. "The wars of the first Napoleon influenced his art, and while a youth, he produced several military drawings in lithography. He afterward pursued his studies under Gros and with the exception of some portraits devoted himself exclusively to battle-pieces." (Bryan). These plates were first published with only 44 plates in P. M. Laurent's 'Histoire de l'Empereur Napoleon.' SCARCE. No record at auction in the USA since 1919. Bellange was a French artist and printmaker who, at the age of 16, entered the studio of Antoine-Jean Gros. Bellange published 15 albums of lithographs devoted to patriotic military subjects, then turned his talents to oil painting. Colour plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Bonaparte, General en Chef de l'Armee d'Italie. 2. General republicain et son Guide. 1795. 3. General de division et son aide-de-camp. 1812. 4. Officier d'Ordonnance de l'Empereur. 5. Infanterie de ligne. 1793-1806. 6. Infanterie de ligne, 1808. Grenadier - Voltigeur. 7. Infanterie legere, 1809. Voltigeur - Carabinier. 8. Officier d'Infanterie legere, 1795. 9. Regiments Suisses, Grenadiers, 1812. 10. Legion Polonais, 1810. Regiment de la Vistule. 11. Carabinier, 1803. 12. Carabinier, 1812. 13. Grosse Cavalerie, 1795. 14. Cuirassier, 1809. 15. Dragon et Sapeur de Dragons, 1809. 16. Chasseur a cheval, 1812. 17. Hussard, 1795. 18. Hussard, 1809. 19. Chevau-Legers (Francais), 1812. 20. Garde d'Honneur, 1814. 21. Train d'Artillerie - Artillerie a pied. 1809. 22. Le Prince Joachim Murat. 23. Artillerie a cheval. 24. Grenadiers a pied, Officier et Soldat (Garde Imperiale) 25. Grenadier a pied (Garde Imperiale), 3rd Regiment (Hollandais). 26. Chasseur a pied (grande tenue d'ete). Sergent de Chasseurs a pied (petite tenue d'ete). 27. Fusilier grenadier (Garde Imperiale), Grand Tenue. 28. Tirailleurs et Voltigeurs. Garde Imperiale. 29. Pupilles. Garde Imperiale. 30. Le prince Eugene Beauharnais, Colonel des Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde Imperiale, de 1804 a 1809. 31. Grenadier a Cheval, Garde Imperiale. 32. Gendarme d'Elite, Garde Imperiale. 33. Dragons. Garde Imperiale 34. Officier de Chasseurs a cheval. Garde Imperiale. 35. Mameluck. Garde Imperiale. 36. Chevau-Legers Lanciers. Premier Regiment - Garde Imperiale. 37. Chevau-Legers (Polonais), 1812. 38. Chevau-Legers Lanciers, Deuxieme Regiment (Garde Imperiale). 39. Le prince Joseph Poniatowski. 40. Artillerie a pied et Train d'artillerie. Garde Imperiale. 41. Artillerie a Cheval. Garde Imperiale. 42. Sapeur du genie. (Garde Imperiale). 43. Eleve de l'Ecole Polyechnique, 1812. 44. Capitaine de Vaisseau. 45. Mains. (Garde Imperiale). 46. Regiment des Dromadaires, 1798. Armee d'Egypte. 47. Tambour. Infanterie de Ligne / Tambour-major des Grenadiers a pied. Garde Imperiale. 48. Timbalier de Chevau-Legers Polonais / Trompette des Chasseurs a cheval. Garde Imperiale, 1812. 49. Invalide, 1812. 50. L'Empereur.