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Des Idées Napoléoniennes.

BONAPARTE Napoléon-Louis (1839.)

£1000.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Tall 8vo., full 19th century calf gilt, re-backed using the original gilt spine, red morocco title label lettered in gilt, signed John Ollivier, with his printed ticket. London, Henri Colburn.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the half title page 'A Madame la Comtesse Guccioli de la part de l'auteur Napoléon Louis B'. Published in France in the same year, an attempt at a philosophical justification of the seizure of power by a potential dictator. Teresa, Contessa Guccioli, was for three years the mistress of Lord Byron, on whom she published a memoir in 1868. On meeting the young Teresa Byron wrote to a friend "What shall I do? I am in love, and tired of promiscuous concubinage, and have now an opportunity of settling for life". On her second visit to England, in 1839, she stayed with Lady Blessington, at whose home she met Louis Napoléon, when this gift was probably made.

Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoléon Bonaparte, is most widely known as Napoléon III, after his adoption in 1852 of the title Emperor Napoléon III, a self promotion from President of France, which he became in 1848, in a landslide election victory. Perhaps his most enduring legacy was the rebuilding of Paris, demolishing most of the mediaeval streets in favour of wide boulevards, said by many to be a safeguard against the building of barricades by revolutionaries, assuring the army a wider angle of fire, and perhaps partly as a result of his time in London, whose mediaeval streets had long since gone.

Frequent pencil under and side-linings to the text, endpapers foxed, the inscription offset, covers rubbed and stained.

Stock Code: 221296