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Links 1 through 10 of 56 by Paul K tagged combat

1880s book of lithographs poking fun at French military uniforms, often by including soldiers performing war tasks adjacent to children.

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One of the first ever manuals outlining techniques for performing combat roles. Illustrations cover hand-to-hand, daggers, swords and poleaxe, as well as horsemanship skills. Author: Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco

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Late 16th century manuscript in German, lavishly and colourfully illustrated throughout its ~600 pages. It runs the pyrotechnics gamut beginning with depictions of mining and mills and gunpowder production, moving on to the design and creation of elaborate fireworks devices for display and pageant and all different types of explosive devices and munitions, as well as some guns, cannons and various engineering and defensive plans. This is one very comprehensive Early Modern treatise on the (quite unusual to today's way of understanding) weird and wonderful world of fireworks spectacles hundreds of years ago.

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Wide selection of prints (lithographs all) produced by various nations (mostly USA) that either encouraged people to contribute financially to the war efforts (bond buying or tickets for events) or worked as propaganda adverts to change attitudes and behaviours : make citizens support the troops and eat less or be more thrifty. All sorts of satirical or soap-operaesque or historical tropes deployed.

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Hand-painted manuscript (Medieval/Renaissance style) made in German in 1580s. Depicts all manner of grenade and explosive device and cannon as well as some novelty extras like ninja throwing stars and jet packs on animals! Naive but handsome illustration style.

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Mid-15th c. illuminated manuscript from a Belgian scribe. In a part allegorical treatise, the work attempts to train people how to hunt birds and animals using weapons, nets, traps and dogs. There are also some scenes of royal lives in castles, as well as jousting and warring peasants. The miniatures are delicately painted.

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Anonymous set of watercolour sketches by a deft but not necessarily top-shelf early 17th c. artistic hand. Images depict nobility/royals either posing alone or on horseback, or at dinner etc, in all their fineries and in quite some detail. Charming is the operative word.

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Anonymous album of sketches in crude hand showing sword and dagger fights. It's a training manual of sorts, with a small number of illustrations devoted to knights in armour. The rest show sword or dagger and sometimes involve buckler defence as well as physical semi-wrestling techniques. In watercolour and ink.

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Watercolour +/- gouache sketches from about the 1st decade of the 20th century. These are by a number of different artists depicting exaggerated caricatures or semi-caricatures of soldiers from British, Indian, Pakistani, Austrian & Hungarian armies. The vast majority are in colour and are portraits of single individuals.

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A selection of multi-tonal lithographs after watercolour sketches in the 1850s by William Simpson. Many of these prints come with legends identify key features in the scenes. It was a very large illustration collection and, besides the actual battle scenes, the prints depict everything from battalion formations, transport means, medical evacuations and general topography of the surrounding area in the (now) Ukraine / Black sea region of the Crimean peninsular.

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