First edition. The author’s handwritten signature on volume I attests to its authenticity.
François Antommarchi (1780-1838), born in Corsica, taught anatomy in Florence, and was attached in 1820 to the service of Napoleon, a prisoner on St. Helena. He helped him in his final moments, refusing to sign the autopsy report prepared by the English surgeons, and published his memoirs after his return to Europe. This work also includes Napoleon’s will and a very detailed sketch of the flora of St. Helena.
Mémoires du Docteur F. Antommarchi, ou les derniers momens de Napoleon.
Paris : Barrois l'aîné, 1825 Two octavo volumes, (4)-iv-471-(4)-460 pages.
Period half leather binding, smooth spine adorned with two mosaic labels and a romantic decor in gilded and blind-stamped tooling.
Significant restorations on the bindings (headcaps, joints). Interior in good condition as a whole, slightly browned paper, some rare foxing. 7 reproductions excerpted from newspapers or magazines affixed to the endpapers (see photos).
- Number of Books
- History, Medicine, Natural History, Travels
- Author/ Illustrator
- François Antommarchi
- Book Title
- Mémoires du Docteur F. Antommarchi, ou les derniers momens de Napoleon
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Half leather
- Number of pages
- 17×10 cm