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    Sumptuously Bound by Zaehnsdorf, With Over Fifty Stunning Aquatints in Double Suite

    [Napoleon Bonaparte]. Frederic Masson. Napoleon et son Fils. Paris: Goupil, 1904. Limited edition, number 102 of only 130 copies printed on Imperial Japan paper. Folio. Illustrated with fifty-two magnificent aquatints in double suite (some appear the second time in the text as head- or tailpieces), including one lovely color plate of the frontispiece, and a facsimile of the autograph document announcing the birth of Napoleon's son. Some plates in color and finished by hand. Contemporary full crushed green morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, spine and covers decorated with gilt Napoleonic emblems, raised bands, broad gilt inner dentelles, watered silk endpapers. Top edge gilt. Uncut. Minor toning to the spine. Otherwise, a fine copy. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    Masson is best known for his works on the Bonapartes, in particular for publishing, in 1895, the previously unpublished works of Napoleon, containing ideas foreshadowing Napoleon's later actions as emperor. Masson emphasizes the romantic, personal, and dramatic sides of history through the use of detail and anecdote in his works.

    "Bindings produced by the firm of Zaehnsdorf are still admired for the excellence of the craftsmanship which they display" (Broomhead, The Zaehnsdorfe, 10). Text in French.

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    October, 2014
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