Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte: His Life, Captivity and Escape from the Fortress of Ham.
[Briffault, Frederic T.:]
Thomas Cautley Newby,
First printing with this title.
xi, 388pp, with a frontis portrait, two plates, one folding plan, and 3 folding facsimile letters. Originally published in 1846 as The Prisoner of Ham. The last 50pp consist of notes. The first few pages have some soiling, the portrait is stained, and the two unremarkable plates are rather grey, but the contents are otherwise clean. A handwritten family tree on a large folded sheet has been accommodated in a pocket inside the back cover, and the same early owner's extensive notes on the original rear free endpaper have been bound in. Also laid in is a twist of silken baby hair, which seems likely to have the same provenance. The book was discovered disbound, with the bottom margins up to p.4 nibbled away (with no loss of text): the pages have been professionally restored, and the book is newly bound in dark brown half calf with marbled boards, gilt ruled spine with a black lettering-piece. Scarce
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