FIRST EDITION OF BUSSEY'S HISTORY OF NAPOLEON, RICHLY ILLUSTRATED
(NAPOLEON) BUSSEY, George Moir. History of Napoleon. London: Joseph Thomas, 1840. Two volumes. Large octavo, modern full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, tan morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers.
First edition of Bussey’s excellent early biography of Napoleon, with frontispiece and numerous in-text wood-engraved illustrations by Horace Vernet, attractively bound.
A highly readable record of Napoleon's personal life and military career, with a preliminary sketch of the French Revolution. Published only 15 years after Waterloo, Bussey aims "to review the Life of Napoleon as a whole; not only in its chivalric details, but as to its influence upon the state and prospects of Europe, and the progress of civilization throughout the world" (Preface). Lowndes, 1649.
Volume I frontispiece a bit foxed, infrequent marginal foxing to generally clean text, full morocco-gilt bindings attractive and fine.