This exquisite binding was part of a series which set magnificent Job illustrations (Jacques Onfroy de Breville )to colortype. The illustrated children's books documented the lives of important men in French history including: "Le Roy Soleil, Louis XI, Francois I, Richelieu and Henri IV". This first edition, first printing was part of a fine collection found in Paris. It was published in 1910. This is one of the most searched for titles from the published "Collection d'Albums Historiques".
Job is one of the finest French illustrators of the Belle Epoque period. The text is vividly enhanced by brilliant aquarelles which present the life of the Emperor superbly. The front cover is especially striking, with Bonaparte sitting astride a charging white stallion with gilt rays of sunshine fanning out behind him. This title, "Bonapart" and a second volume "Napoleon" are among the most sought after by collectors.
This text follows Napoleon's life from childhood until he crowned himself Emperor in 1803. There are 84 pages with 36 interior full color illustrations by Job including 4 double page spreads. The illustrations and text are on heavy paper with each page individually hinged into the book by binding stubs. The endpapers have a repeating design of the Emperor's symbol, an eagle.
The binding is of hard board covered in toile. A magnificent chromolithograph design has been embossed into the front cover board. The emperor's seal is blind embossed on the back cover board. The pages are gilt tipped, the spine bears the title, "Bonaparte" in large gilt block letters. The French text is easily read by and intermediate student of French.
The binding measures: 14" x 11 3/4" x 1/2" thick. It is in good antique condition: light wear to back cover board and book edges. The pages are well attached and the illustration colors are in original state.
It is rare to find a first edition first printing in such marvelous condition. It is an impressive work.
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