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La Garde Fidele du Saint-Père. Les Soldats Suisses au service du Vatican de 1506 a nos jours.Illustrations by Fred Fay

Paris: Clé d¹Or, 1935.
Paris: Clé d¹Or, 1935.

Quarto. Pp. 201 (2). The title is printed in red and black. Coloured armorial device to title page. Coloured frontispiece. Fine portrait plate with Papal facsimile signature and stamp protected by tissue guard bound in. Plus 23 aquarelle plates without captions, coloured by hand-printed on different paper bound in. Dedications and facsimile letters. Uncut. Original cream card wrappers with integrated illustrated dust-jacket of heavy paper. Handsome bookplate of "Ex Libris J.P. van Blarkom" on verso of front wrapper. In excellent condition. Excellent copy superbly preserved. FIRST EDITION. Printed in a limited edition (2000) on hand-made paper, this copy is numbered 78. Text by Gaston Castrella, Professor of the University of Fribourg, coloured illustrations by Fred Fay. Coloured plates in order: 1. Portrait of Pope Pius XI. 2. Swiss guard escorting Julius II in 1506. 3. Swiss guard at the beginning of the 16th century. 4. Drummer, 16th century. 5. Sistine Chapel in the centre, the door of the Swiss on the left. 6. Swiss guard in 1512. 7. Sergeant of the Swiss Guard 1521. 8. Court of the Pinecone. 9. Officer of the Swiss Guard. 10. 'Sac de Rome' 6th May 1527. 11. Swiss Guard in uniform in 1559. 12. Papal Banner of 1600. 13. Swiss Guard in 1613. 14. St. Peter's Square & the Vatican Apostolic Palace. 15. Officer of the Swiss Guard in 1805. 16. Swiss Guard in 1860. 17. Flag of the Pontifical Swiss Guard in 1934. 18. Portrait of Colonel Louis Hirschbihl, Commander of the Swiss Guard in 1934. 19. Sergeant of the Swiss Guard in 1934. 20. View of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo in 1934. 21. Swiss Guard in 'undress' in 1934. 22. Drum of the Swiss Guard in 1934. 23. Private gardens of St. Peter with the Basilica of St. Peter in the background. 24. Presentation Oath 6th May 1934.