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: 42008
London: Henry Colburn & Co and Martin Bossange & Co, 1823.
Octavo, 4 volumes. Bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt lined, all edges gilt, illustrated with a fold-out facsimile of Napoleon’s rough draft of his letter to the Prince Regent, General Gourgaud’s Attestation of its authenticity, and a fair copy of Napoleon’s Rough Draft, tables illustrative of the Battle of Marengo, and four fold-out maps; Vol. 2 – dictated to General Gourgaud, viii, 395, (5-maps) pp. Illustrated with fold-out facsimile of a page of the manuscript dictated to General Gourgaud, and four fold-out maps; Vol. 3 – dictated to the Count de Montholon, xiii, 423 pp. Illustrated with a fold-out facsimile of a page of the Manuscript written at St. Helena by General Montholon dictated by Napoleon and corrected with his own hand; Vol. 4 – dictated to the Count de Montholon, viii, 483 pp. Illustrated with fold-out facsimile of Napoleon’s hand-written Instructions for the Publication of his Memoirs of the War in Italy. 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.