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BUONAPARTE ...
Buonaparte. Reward of £1000.
London: printed for J. Asperne, and J. Downes, [1815].
1 broadsheet ; 55.0 cm. (1º)

Printed broad-sheet. Drop-head title. At foot of imprint: 'Price Three-Pence, or 2s. 6d. A Dozen.'. This poster, dated '8th April, 1815' offers a reward of £1000 to anyone who would capture Napoleon, who had escaped from his exile on Elba in February 1815, and bring him to Britain to be tried for the murder of British subjects, naming the case of Captain [John Wesley] Wright whose alleged suicide while imprisoned in the Temple in Paris in October 1805 was widely believed in England to have been murder. Napoleon is not referred to by his imperial title but as 'Signor [or Signior] N. Buonaparte', emphasizing his Italian origins and portraying him as a common criminal. Hooked on Books 9.9.

Copy Notes Attached to a blank leaf at the end of a volume of drawings by Cooper and others (SM Vol. 12) as the first of eight items of anti-Napoleonic propaganda so placed, with a tipped-on slip indicating their removal from the Dressing Room, Drawer 124 by Joseph Bonomi, third curator of the Museum, dated 27 December 1869.

Binding C18th diced russia, gilt- and blind-panelled boards, gilt- and blind-ruled spine without lettering, green linen ties. 68.5 cm.

Reference Number 6765


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