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    118 Beautiful Hand-Colored Portraits of Nineteenth-Century Members of the French Legion of Honor

    [French Legion of Honor]. [Napoleon]. Portraits des Grands Dignitaires de la Legion d'Honneur. [N.p., 1810-1815]. An excellent collection of portraits of members of the Legion of Honor, in vibrant hand-color. Quarto. Approximately 10.75 x 7.5 inches. Portraits have nice, wide margins (except for six, which are mounted onto larger sheets). Beautifully bound to style in early twentieth-century half green straight-grain morocco over green marbled boards, green gilt morocco lettering label on front board, spine ruled, tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endleaves. Spine just a bit sunned, minor rubbing to binding, library description tipped-onto the verso of the front free endpaper, bookplate of the Comte Chandon de Briailles on the first blank, some light foxing throughout. One plate (the portrait of François-Andréossi) has a repaired marginal tear at bottom. Portraits and highly detailed and vibrant, almost all with descriptive text beneath the portrait. Portraits are of the Grand Eagles and Great Officers of the Legion of Honor, including Napoleon Bonaparte, his son Napoleon-François-Charles-Joseph (as a child), Joseph Napoleon (King of Spain), Jerome Napoleon (King of Westphalia), Frederic Auguste (King of Saxony), Charles Maurice Talleyrand, and many more. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    October, 2014
    8th Wednesday
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