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    The Dedication Copy

    [Golden Cockerel Press]. [Somerset de Chair, editor]. Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon's Memoirs. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1945. Two volumes. This edition limited to 500 copies, of which numbers 1-50 are bound in full purple and green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. This copy is numbered "5," signed by the editor on the limitation pages, and inscribed by him to dedicatee, Oliver Lyttelton, on the verso of both title pages. Top edges gilt. "Editor's Map" endpapers. Housed in custom slip case. Engravings on the title pages and the designs on the bindings are by John Buckland Wright. Bindings lightly scuffed, spines slightly sunned, offsetting to endpapers from leather turn-ins. Bookseller's pencil notes on verso of front free endpaper of first volume. Slipcase lightly rubbed. Near fine overall. From the collection of Donald Carter.

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    "The bindings of the 'special' copies were perhaps the best to be found on any Cockerel book up to date, and could hardly be repeated, owing to the current scarcity of gold. Having used up the whole of his quota on these books, Mr. Bray of Sangorski and Sutcliffe gently dissuaded me from a repition of such extravagance. At this date it was still possible to have leathers dyed to special colours, and the shades of purple and green were just what I had desired."

                              - Christopher Sandford, Cockalorum. 1948. page 27.

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