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Uniforms of the Bavarian Army 1682-1726

Füsilier - Heer des Blauen Königs Bayerischer Füsilier

THE ARMY OF THE BLUE KING 1682 - 1726

 

Elector Maximilian II. Emanuel of Bavaria (1680-1726) is considered to be the creator of the standing Bavarian army. After assuming the regency in 1682 he had ordered the Reichsfreiherr Hannibal von Degenfeld, advanced general-fieldmarshall-lieutenant, to form up this army.

 

Already since 1683 Max Emanuel led his newly recruited regiments through the campaigns against the turcs (since 1687 he was respectfully titulated “The Blue King” by his adversaries) and also during the War of the Spanish Succession until the second battle of Blenheim/ Höchstaedt in 1704, after which he had to go into exile.

 

Anton Hofmann (1863-1938) surely is the outstanding portraitist of the Bavarian army of that epoch. With the facsimile reproduction of this work of art, published in 1909, he created an iconography of the Bavarian soldiers of the “Blue King” second to none. 

“Nearly parallel to the great work of Müller-Braun (also available as a facsimile reprint by LTR publishing house Ulf-Joachim Friese – with an English and French translation of the extensive captions on the black-and-white- as well as the underlines of the full-colour-plates) Anton Hoffmann had set an apex to the works about costumes of the Bavarian Army painters”, Jürgen Kraus writes on page 74 of volume 5 of the Publications of the Bavarian Army Museum, published by Ernst Aigner, Ingolstadt, 1982: Bavarian Military Painters from Beich to Thöny.

 

Methodically and conceptually reclining to Adolph Menzels legendary work on the “Army of Frederic the Great”, also published as a complete facsimile of all three volumes in our

Publishing house, Anton Hoffman presents a sequence of pen drawings of characteristic basic types, which are valid for all the regiments of a respective branch of service.

The measurements of the prints are consistent with his originals created on cardboard.

 

Anton Hoffmann had traced his soldiers in pen drawings, precise to the smallest detail, in very eventful and impressive poses as excercising, battle and skirmish scenes as well as handling their weapons – initially not planned to be coloured. Hoffmann restricted the necessary information of the colours on schemes on two full colour-plates in the supplement.

 

He was not able to revert – just like Menzel could – to a fullness of original garments or  pieces of equipment.

He based his illustrations on contemporary paintings, etchings, tapestry and his studies in sources and in the material in archives that are mostly lost today:

To every depiction Anton Hoffmann designates the respective source(s) in the accompanying text (German).

 

These 84 pages of text passes us on plenty of detail information about the development of the Bavarian army from 1682 to 1726.

 

On two black-and-white plates Anton Hoffmann combined the depictings of a number of discovered original weapons and pieces of equipment.

Essentially Anton Hoffmann presents the typical appearance of the Bavarian soldiers about 1720.

Günter Koch coloured the black-and-white plates of an original copy of the work for his own collection in a very fine gouache style in order to make it possible to realize the original pen drawing.

You are invited to subscribe to this work of reproductions of all the 56 full colour- and 2 black-and white-plates in the original size of the respective motive (measurement of the depictions about 395 to 295 cm / about 155 to 116 inch) on large plates (420 x 297 cm / 165 to 117 inch) and 1 page with four reproductions of full-colour postcards with motives of the work.

Digitally printed on light white cardboard   b o u n d   i n   o n e   v o l u m e   together with the 84 pages of German text (table of contents, preface, information about the sources, survey of all Bavarian regiments and branches of service of the époque 1682 to 1726 in table form, printed on light beige coloured paper. Bound in coated light-blue linen with silver embossing and marborized book end paper.

 

 

THE ARMY OF THE BLUE KING

DAS HEER DES BLAUEN KÖNIGS

THE SOLDIERS OF THE ELECTOR MAX II. EMANUEL OF BAVARIA

DIE SOLDATEN DES KURFÜRSTEN MAX II. EMANUEL VON BAYERN

1682 – 1726

DESCRIBED IN „WORDS AND DEPICTIONS“

BY ANTON HOFFMANN – MUNICH

GESCHILDERT IN WORT UND BILD VON ANTON HOFFMANN – MÜNCHEN

Coloured by Günter Koch

ISBN 978-3-922565-74-3

 

Fac-simile reprint in   f o l i o   s i z e   of the work with 56 full-colour and 2 black-and-white reproductions and the 84 pages of text, 3 additional pages with black-and-white reproductionsured depicting types of soldiers of the epoch, hand-bound in light-blue linen (coated) with silver embossing, marborized book end paper

and silver embossing.

The digitally reprint is completed with 7 pages, each with a reproduction of originally separately published postcards depicting types of soldiers of the epoch (size: 14,8 x 10,5 cm / 15,8 to 4,1 inch)

 

186 EUROS

All prices inclusively VAT (08/2014) plus packing and postage

 

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