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(NAPOLEON.) [SCOTT, Sir Walter.]

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French.

With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution. By the Author of "Waverley," &c. In Nine Volumes.

Edinburgh, Printed by Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, and Cadell & Co., 1827 Stock Code: 137795
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First edition. In the aftermath of his financial crash, Scott travelled to France to begin research on his life of Napoleon. He was remarkably thorough in his research, interviewing Napoleon's colleagues, receiving assistance from the Duke of Wellington in the interpretation of the Russian Campaign, and being the first to consult Sir Hudson Lowe's papers on the final exile, producing a work which, while largely overlooked by posterity, must be recognized as the first major life of Napoleon. In its time it met with considerable success, and stirred controversy on all sides because of the author's genuine attempt at impartiality: too even-handed for either Whigs or Tories, and for the Napoleonists it was an act of unforgivable lèse-majesté.

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Description

9 volumes, octavo (187 x 117 mm). Contemporary watered green silk, red calf labels.

Condition

With half-titles and errata. Very light rubbing to bindings, some faint foxing and minor creasing to contents, otherwise an attractive, well-preserved set.

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