"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte" by M. De Bourrienne (Napoleon's secretary)
Richard Bentley, London - 1836, first UK edition - 4 volumes (complete) - 28 steel-engraved plates (including frontispiece of Napoleon) - in original green decorated Bentley binding - condition: good, original binding with some wear to spine edges, complete with all plates one frontispiece loose but present, and with all folding plans and maps.
A photograph of Napoleon of engraving in possession of Tyler Welt was pasted on reverse of title page in Volume 1.
Beginning with their early schooling, Bourrienne traces Napoleon's rise to success through the lens of their longtime personal relationship. "His book gives a vivid, detailed account of his interactions with Napoleon and his mother, brothers and sisters; his first wife Josephine and her children, with notable French politicians.naturally his narration is colored by a complicated relationship with his subject: close friendship, working together intimately for years, followed by dismissal and humiliating rejection. Bourrienne tries to be balanced and gives many examples of Napoleon's brilliance, his skill at governance, and his deft political maneuvers while deploring his inexorable grabs for personal and familial wealth and power, his willingness to sacrifice French lives, and his abhorrence of the free press" (de Beaufort).
Rare first edition in original binding
- Number of Books
- History, War history
- Author/ Illustrator
- M. De Bourrienne (Napoleon's secretary)
- Book Title
- Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Richard Bentley
- Binding/ Material