Single continuous folding pictorial alphabet book with a military theme, featuring gilt-lettered wrappers and details within illustrated letters.
ALPHABET MILITAIRE 41
This illustrated alphabet, opening in an accordion-like fashion, reflects the culture and patriotism undergirding the French military during the period between the revolutions of 1830 and 1848. Various ranks and costumes are depicted, as well as foreign combatants, from "A" for "Arabs" to "Z" for "Zouaves" (the colonized North African light infantry units founded after 1830). OCLC locates only 4 institutions in the US with holdings.
Paris: D. Marchand, [circa 1835]. 6.25'' x 4.5''. Original self-wrappers printed in gilt, continuing with 8 panels folded concertina-style. Illustrated in blue and red. World War II-era (1942) gift inscription in French on second panel. Faint marginal soiling and edgewear.
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