Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul.London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, 1927 Stock Code: 138769
With a striking portrait of NapoleonFirst UK edition, following the New York edition of the preceding year and the German of 1925. This glamorous binding incorporates a portrait based on Jacques-Louis David's famous 1812 portrait The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, the original of which hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
"Ludwig was trained in law but at 25 began writing plays and poems. After serving as foreign correspondent for a German newspaper during World War I, he wrote a novel (Diana, originally published as two works, 191819; Eng. trans., 1929). In 1920 he published a biography of J. W. von Goethe, which established him as a writer in the "new school" of biography that emphasised the personality of the subject" (Ency. Brit.). Ludwig's biographies of Bismarck, Bolivar, Lincoln, and Goethe were hugely successful.
Octavo (225 x 140 mm). Mid-20th century crushed red morocco in the Cosway style by Bayntun-Riviere, front cover set with an oval miniature painting of Napoleon under glass, richly gilt spine incorporating Napoleon's monogram within a laurel wreath and Napoleonic bees, sides with paired gilt fillet border enclosing elaborate cornerpieces of scrolls and massed dots, back cover with large gilt stamp of the Imperial coat of arms of France, white moiré silk doublures and free endpapers, elaborate gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Housed in a custom red cloth, fleece-lined slipcase.
21 monochrome plates, title page printed in pale blue and black within a border of fleurons.
A beautifully bound copy.
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