NAPOLEON]. BUSSY, GEORGE MOIR. History of Napoleon, illustrated by Horace Vernet. London: 1840. EXTENSIVELY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED AND EXTENDED TO TEN VOLUMES by the addition of a large collection of more than 1400 prints, caricatures, broadsides, color a...
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NAPOLEON]. BUSSY, GEORGE MOIR. History of Napoleon, illustrated by Horace Vernet London: 1840. EXTENSIVELY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED AND EXTENDED TO TEN VOLUMES by the addition of a large collection of more than 1400 prints, caricatures, broadsides, color aquatints, portraits and battle scenes, plus a series of 55 AUTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS. 2 volumes extended to 10, large folio, 415 x 310 mm. (16.3/8 x 12.3/8 in.), dark purple morocco gilt, spines faded, covers with central gilt Imperial arms of Napoleon, t.e.g., cardboard slipcases , by C. WALTERS, with a blue leather-bound 25-page inventory of contents. A "prize specimen of extra-illustration" (J.H. Stewart, "The Norton Napoleon Collection," in Journal of Modern History , 32:2, 159), notable for the prints and documents it includes and long considered one of the highlights of David Z. Norton's very large collection. SUMMARY CONTENTS: Autographs and Manuscripts : 55 pieces, including: Napoleon I (ADS, 1796, expenses of Joubert's division; DS, countersigned Fouch; portion of DS), Josephine (ALS, to Lefebvre, 1811), Louis XVI (DS, countersigned Choiseul), Charles X (DS, 1561), W.P. Amherst (4-pp ALS as Gov. of India), F.H. K. Lamotte-Fouque (flowery ALS, 1819), F.C. Kellerman (DS, on infantry, 1798), C. M. Talleyrand-Prigord (ALS, DS), E. Las Cases (2-pp. AMS, St. Helena, 1819, with 25 words of MANUSCRIPT CORRECTION BY NAPOLEON, ex-C.Fontaine Collection), J. E. Macdonald (2 LS), J.-B. Bernadotte (ADS, as Minister of War, 1799), P. P. de Sgur (ALS), A. J. M. Rn Savary (ALS), H. Maret (ALS), G. J. J. Molitor (ALS), Napoleon III (ALS), and many others. Prints and Drawings : Some 1400 engravings, etchings, lithographs and aquatints, including items by or after Cruikshank, David, Rowlandson ("The Corsican Spider"), Gillray ("Consequences of a Successful French Invasion"), a large gouache "Napoleon on his Charger," ca. 50 hand-colored satirical prints ("Rights of Man, Alias French Liberty," "Bloody Boney, the Carcass Butcher," "Boney and His Army in Winter Quarters," etc.), large portraits of various Napoleonic ministers, many prints with engraved text and large hand-colored vignettes, prints of military figures in uniform, battle scenes, plans of battles, etc. Ephemera : numerous issues of the Bulletin de la Grande Arme , v.d. (1806-1807), sheet music ("La Bataille de Marengo," Boston, n.d.).
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