London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1927. Item #05326
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The Story of the Napoleon Bonaparte In a Fine Cosway-Style Binding
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. [SSZ] binders for ASPREY'S. LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1927.
First English edition. Octavo (8 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches; 227 x 146 mm.). [i]-xii, -707, [1, imprint] pp. Title-page printed in blue and black. With twenty-one full page illustrations, mainly photogravure portraits of Napoleon.
Bound ca 1990 in full dark red crushed levant morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt and with Napoleons monogram as corner-pieces, front cover with a central gilt design surrounding a fine oval hand-painted portrait miniature of Napoleon (2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; 70 x 57 mm.), set under glass. Spine with five raised bands elaborately tooled with Napoleon 'Symbols of Empire' (Eagle and Bee) and lettered in gilt in compartments. Single-ruled gilt board edges and wide turn-ins, cream watered silk liners and endleaves, all edges gilt. Housed in the original velvet-lined, dark blue cloth clamshell case, green morocco label on spine lettered in gilt. The binding is signed "Asprey's" and is one of the Cosway-Style bindings that were done by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf aka SSZ for Asprey's.
"In 1988, both Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf bindery were bought by Asprey trading, merged, and rebranded as SSZ Limited." (Biblio.com).
Emil Ludwig (1881-1948) was a German-Swiss author, known for his biographies and study of historical "Greats". His biography of Napoleon, now ninety-five years old, continues its remarkable presence as a classic of Napoleonic literature and has yet to be surpassed for its unique presentation. Writing in the present tense, Ludwig brings to life his subject's character better than any other biography of Napoleon.