Elaborately bound first edition in English of Emil Ludwig's biography of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Bayntun-Riviere
(Napoleon Bonaparte). Emil Ludwig. Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul.$6,500.00
Item Number: 96703
London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, 1927.
Elaborately bound Cosway style first edition in English of Emil Ludwig’s biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavo, bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full Cosway style scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, inset ivorene hand-painted portrait of Napoleon to the front panel, gilt fleuron corner-pieces withing double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, all edged gilt, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, light blue watered silk endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In fine condition.
During the 1920s, German-Swiss author Emil Ludwig became achieved international fame for his popular biographies of historical "greats" which combined historical fact and fiction with psychological analysis. As Ludwig's biographies were popular outside of Germany and were widely translated, he was one of the fortunate émigrés who had an income while living in the United States.