Dreyfus Affair Era Personal Military Maps for Edmond Dubail, 1880
This is a rare one of a kind collection of 11 lithographed military maps commissioned by Augstun Yvon Edmond Dubail, during the Dreyfus Affair Era, in 1880 when he was a captain of the 81st Line Regiment. These military maps were created for him by Librairie Militaire de J. Dumaine. It his his personal atlas for strategic military campaigning.
As you can see from his biography below, Dumail was engaged in every major conflict which France partook in from the franco-prussian war to his important prominence in WWI.
This is an extremely rare and important piece of historical and military memorabilia documentation belonging to a very successful professional soldier. Being his own personal document, Dubail has perused and used every map contained within the book and may even be responsible for the signs of use therein.
The maps are lithographed by L SonnetBD Saint Germaine 99 Paris
Imperial MONROEQ, 3Rue Suger, Paris
The front green cover has the following embossed:
Atlas De L'Europe Militaire
Dresse par E Dubail Capitain
Capitaine au 81st Regiment de Ligne
Librairie Militatre de J. Dumaine
Librarire - Editeur
A coat of arms is also embossed on there (it is the Libraire de Militaire Crest)
About Augustin Yvon Edmund Dubail:
"AUGUSTIN YVON EDMOND DUBAIL (1851-1934), French general, was born at Belfort April 1851. At the age of 17 he entered the military academy at St. Cyr, and on July is 1870 was appointed a sub-lieutenant of infantry, having passed seventh out of 310 candidates. He took part in the Franco-German War and was captured at Metz in Oct. 1870. Released in April 1871 he rejoined his regiment, and served with the army of Versailles in the operations against the Commune. He was appointed captain and transferred to the 81st Inf. Regt. in Nov. 1878. From Oct. 1880 to Feb. 1883, and again from Nov. 1883 to Jan. 1886, he had an appointment as professor at the Ecole Speciale Militaire St. Cyr. In June 1886 he was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour. In Nov., while serving in Algeria, he was promoted lieutenant-colonel; and in Oct. 1901, while still in Algeria, was made a colonel and given command of the 1st Regt. of Zouaves. On returning to France he took over the Alpine Brigade at Grenoble. In 1906 he became commandant of St. Cyr - an appointment which he held for three years. He was made a divisional commander on Dec. 25 1908, being appointed to the 14th Div. at Belfort. He later commanded the IX. Army Corps. In 1911 he was made chief of the general staff and a member of the Superior War Council. On the outbreak of the World War Gen. Dubail took over the I. Army, which (with the II. Army under Gen. de Castelnau on the left) was responsible for the offensive into Lorraine, and later for the defence of the eastern fortress line against the armies of Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria. The stubborn resistance of Dubail and Castelnau not only nullified the threat of invasion but insured a pivot for future French manoeuvres; it prepared the way indeed for the Marne victory. Gen. Dubail was given the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (Sept. 18 1914). On the withdrawal of the II. Army to the Somme, Dubail took charge of the whole line between Verdun and the Vosges, and when in Jan. 1915 the armies along the front were grouped under three headquarters of groups of armies, Dubail was placed in charge of that of the east, comprising the III. of Verdun, his old I., and the Vosges force. In Oct. of the same year he was awarded the medaille militaire. On April 6 1916 he was made military governor of Paris. He was placed in the " Second Section " - on reaching the age limit - in April 1916, but retained his appointment as military governor of Paris. After his final retirement he was appointed Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honour.
His Decorations Listed:
Knight (24 June 1886)
Officer (11 July 1900)
Commander (30 December 1905)
Grand Officer (30 December 1911)
Grand Cross (18 September 1914)
Médaille militaire (8 October 1915)
Croix de guerre 1914-1918 with 1 palm
Médaille Interalliée de la Victoire
Médaille Commémorative de la Guerre 70-71
Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre
Croix de guerre (Belgian)
Distinguished Service Medal (US)
Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (UK)
Officer of Nichan Iftikhar (Tunisia)
Measurements of the book: 17.5" x 13"
Measurements of the largest fold out maps: 32" x 29.5"
In good condition for a book of 132 years old of such pivotal historical importance. 2 maps are torn which could easily be repaired. Another one has a small section missing from the corner but not on the lithographed work. Some of the maps have some old original repairs to tears. The binding cover has come away a little on the outside but the book is still strongly held together.
Additional photos can be made available upon request.
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