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L'Epopee Napoleonienne (French) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Histoire & Collections (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2908182696
  • ISBN-13: 978-2908182699
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 24.1 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,302,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This superb example of original artwork by a sadly prematurely deceased artist - J Jirbal -marries 80 of his evocative water colour paintings and several pen and ink line drawings with informative historical notes by F G Hourtoulle on the regiments, uniforms personalities, battles and armies taking part in the Napoleonic wars.
The large format means excellent detail can be observed in the paintings which is complemented by the text. Although in French, this should not deter those interested in the subject. For those with some or good knowledge of French this will be a must have book.
The structure is usually one or two pages of text and one painting, although some subjects have two paintings and up to three pages of text. Naturally L`Empereur features in more than anyone else!
Colour reproduction is good, and although there are a few incorrectly annotated pages and one duplicated page, these are corrected in a separate, enclosed stiff card erratum page.
As for the subjects these the cover some of the leading personalities (Napoleon, LaSalle, Murat and Wellington) and famous regiments of the French Armies, especially but not exclusively the Imperial Guard but also some French Line and Light Infantry regiments, including those of France's allies and foreign raised regiments serving her. Thus the Swiss regiments in their canary yellow uniforms feature, as do Berg Lancers, Neapolitan and Brunswick infantry, as well as Portuguese, Saxon and Bavarian cavalry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Detail,Evocative water colour paintings 7 July 2001
By Eduardo J. Tellez A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A seriously documented work describing and illustrating the soldiers and the uniforms of Napoleon Bonaparte's Premier Empire, this text is the result of research into the life of Napoleon, his armies, their uniforms and units, and is based on contemporary plates and original field research. The author covers all of the prinicipal campaigns of the First Empire, from Austerlitz to Waterloo, as well as the principal characters involved in the saga - the Emperor himself, Davout, Lassale, Murat, Wellington and Brunswick. The 77 full page, full colour plates by artist Jack Girbal are important to the book, as they show in detail the different units of Napolean's army and cavalry in action during all the campaigns from 1805 to 1815. These plates were originally published separately in 1962. It is a worthy and original compliment to any collection, standing equally impressively alongside books containing contemporary prints by Martinet, the later Rousselot and Bucquoy`s and modern day Michel Petard examples of Napoleonic uniforms. Colour reproduction is good, and although there are a few incorrectly annotated pages and one duplicated page, these are corrected in a separate, enclosed stiff card erratum page
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Paintings Are Worthwhile 12 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps the publisher might have taken better care in the reproduction of the pictures, but for those of us who have not had the delight of seeing the original paintings from the 1970s, L'Epoppee Napoleonienne is great eye candy. The pictures give an, arguably, accurate idea of the period's costumes and many of them are full of action, offering the reader the opportunity to spend much time engrossed in each picture. The price may seem a little steep, but it is a book which is a positive contribution to anyone's library of uniforms or napoleonic history.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Collect the plate series instead. 5 April 1999
By PPlimpton@MSN.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The main attraction of this volume is the reproduction of the plates by Jack Girbal which were originally published during the 1960's and 1970's by Dr. Hourtoulle. As the volume is in French, the ultimate value of the volume rises or falls based upon the quality of the reproduction of the various uniform plates.
Alas, the reproductions are poor. The washed out and fuzzy colors reproduced in this volume bear little resemblance to the marvelous vibrant originals which were hand finished by Girbal & Cie. Additionally, and mercifully, the series is not reproduced in its entirety which totalled 89 plates.
Save your money for wiser purchase.
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