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The Life of Napoleon, as it should be handed down to Posterity. BY J M – D.

Published: Printed for Parsons and Son, at their Circulating Library, 1804

Stock code: 87439

Price: £450

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First and only edition. Exceptionally uncommon, no copy recorded on COPAC, just two on OCLC, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Denver Public Library. Extremely fanciful “life” of Napoleon “the foreigner, the robber, and the murderer … the most absolute tyrant that ever ruled over a degraded people”, which concludes with Maximilien Robespierre and Napoleon “tried for the innumerable robberies and murders they had been guilty of; and, for their horrid crimes … hanged”. A quirky piece of anti-Bonaparte propaganda from the year of the French Invasion Scare. With the engraved bookplate of Harriot, Duchess of St. Albans’ Stratton Street library.

Duodecimo (172 × 100 mm) Contemporary streaked calf, red morocco label, flat spine elaborately gilt, floral rolled panel to the boards, milled gilt edge-roll, marbled endpapers. Just a little rubbed, particularly on the joints, light browning, otherwise very good.

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