(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: 139403
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Second edition, published in the same year as the first. In the aftermath of his personal financial crash Scott travelled to France to begin research on his life of Napoleon, in which he was remarkably thorough, 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 recognised as the first major life of Bonaparte, and in its time 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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9 volumes, octavo (185 x 109 mm). Contemporary green half calf, spines with dark red labels and numbering roundels within a gilt ornamental cartouche with foliate finials, sides and corners trimmed with a single gilt fillet, dark green pebble-grain cloth sides, pale green-coated endpapers, sanguine speckled ehges

Condition

Contemporary ownership inscription to head of each title, "Mrs James Kennedy". A few light scuffs and abrasions to bindings. An attractive set.

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