BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED LIFE OF JOSEPHINE
(JOSEPHINE) MASSON, Frédéric. Joséphine, Impératrice et Reine. Paris: Goupil, 1899. Folio (9-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches), contemporary full dark green straight-grain morocco gilt, covers and spine gilt-decorated with Napoleonic and Imperial emblems, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; original printed paper wrappers and spine bound in. $2000.
Limited edition, number 90 of 1200 copies produced, beautifully illustrated with over 30 captioned tissue-guarded plates, including a beautiful color frontispiece portrait of “L’Imperatrice Josephine en 1806,” and eight in-text illustrations. Handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Durvand.
Masson, best known for his works on the Bonapartes, emphasizes the romantic, personal, and dramatic sides of history through his use of detail and anecdote. Text in French. Original printed paper wrappers and spine bound in at front and rear.
Interior clean and fine, front joint expertly repaired. A splendid volume in about-fine condition.