SLOANE'S ILLUSTRATED LIFE OF NAPOLEON, SUMPTUOUSLY BOUND WITH A HAND-PAINTED COSWAY-STYLE PORTRAIT IN VOLUME I, LAVISHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH OVER 550 ENGRAVINGS—MANY HAND-COLORED—AND WITH A MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT ENDORSED BY NAPOLEON BOUND IN
(NAPOLEON) SLOANE, William Milligan. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. New York, 1896. Four volumes bound in eight.
First edition of Sloane's monumental account of Napoleon's personal and military life, issued with over 300 illustrations, portraits and maps, many in color. This splendidly bound and extra-illustrated set has been extended from four folio volumes to eight by the inclusion of 553 additional portraits, views, and battle scenes, many hand-colored and many folding, with a manuscript document from 1810 signed by Napoleon bound into Volume I. Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full morocco-gilt, decorated with Napoleonic emblems, and with a large (5-3/8 by 3-3/4-inch) and fine hand-painted Cosway-style portrait of Napoleon on ivory, signed A. Guillon, inset into the morocco doublure of Volume I. $49,000.