Finely Bound Set of The Memoirs of the Public and Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
Memoirs of the Public and Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Item Number: 23010
London: George Virtue, c. 1830.
Octavo, bound in full purple morocco by Bayntun. Elaborate tooling with Napoleon’s eagle insignia and N stamped to the spine front and rear panels in gilt, dentelles, inner gilt ruled, marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt, hand colored frontispiece to both volumes, plates and map. In very good condition.
Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. He also remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in human history.