by Raffet, Denis-August-Marie (1804-1860)
Paris; : Chez Gihaut Freres. 12 Lithographs by Raffet depicting the French military campaign in Algeria against the forces of Ad el-Kader, in 1837 with 20 plates bound in from his earlier work Siege de la Citadelle d'Anvers (1834). Raffet made a careful study of uniforms and his technique using brush, stump, pen allowed brilliant lithotints. Consequently, the washes in the print are crisp. He was one of France's great engravers (Giacomelli, Raffet son oeuver lithographique et ses eaux-fortes [see #180-185]. Beraidi called him "the greatest name of the century in original prints". The 12 plates in the Prise de Constantine are found in the US both at the Morgan Library and in the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University. Bound in 3/4 black morocco over marbled paper covered boards, spine lettering gilt, occasional spots of foxing but plates clean, original pictorial front wrapper bound in. A very nice copy.
(Inventory #: 027692)