From Library Journal
One of the most colorful armies in the history of warfare was the French army under Napoleon. Every regiment had its own distinctive uniform, which made it recognizable from any part of the battlefield. As the army enjoyed considerable success and subsequent popularity, French publishing houses began creating and selling prints depicting the soldiers of each unit. One such house was that of Aaron Martinet, the son of an illustrator and engraver for the royal studio under the Bourbons. Initially producing high-quality, reasonably priced prints of Paris fashions and caricatures of famous actors, in 1807 he began his Troupes Francaises series. Gathered here are 162 full-color pictures, many never seen before, with an introductory text and extensive caption by Dempsey (Napoleon's Soldiers, Sterling, 1995). As these prints were rendered from original water colors commissioned by Martinet during the period, they are an important primary source for the historian, modeler, and reenactor. Recommended for collections with this interest.?David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.
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