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BELMONTET, Louis (1798--1879)
[Biographie de Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte. English. 1834]
Biographical sketch of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, Count de Survilliers. Third edition.
London: J. Ridgway & Sons, 1834.
xvi, 116 p. ; 21.8 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. The French original published in 1832 was signed by 'Un Jeune Patriote', i.e. Louis Belmontet. See A.A. Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes, v. 1 (3rd ed., Paris 1872), col. 427. The English text is prefaced by 'A Few Words To The Reader' which include a translation of the text by 'A Young Patriot' and letters signed by Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte concluding with a further note reading '... In this English edition, errors which had crept into the French and American publications, have been corrected, new matter added, and some omissions supplied. ...' . This is signed by the 'English Editor' who also remains anonymous. The text includes material from an article in the North American Review by its editor Robert Walsh. The original editions in French and English appeared in 1832. The second English edition is untraced. With 'Extracts from "Literary Notices"' on the verso of the half-title.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the third front free-endpaper, partly folded in to preserve it when the volume was subsequently trimmed and bound: Sir John Soane / with Mr. Sainsbury's very / respectful Compliments. / This volume was / presented to Mr S. in June 1835 / by Joseph Bonaparte the / late King of Spain. John Sainsbury was perhaps the most important collector of Napoleonic memorabilia in the nineteenth century. He printed the catalogue of his collection in 1835 (q.v.); a copy is in the Library together with a MS. letter from Sainsbury to Soane dated 9 December 1835, offering him the collection for £6,000. Soane was apparently not be drawn on this offer, however, and Sainsbury renewed and expanded his proposal on the occasion of presenting a copy of the Supplement (q.v.) in June of the following year; the present work likely accompanied one of these approaches.

Binding Later C19th half mauve calf, blind roll-tooled borders, marbled-paper boards, blind-ruled and gilt-dotted spine. Bound by George Richmond for 1s. 6d., 3 August 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

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