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Volume one of a two volume history book entitled "The Life and Campaigns of Napoleon Buonaparte" by E. Gifford. Bound in card with red binding and gold lettering on the spine, Volume 1 is comprised of 600 pages. Illustrated with portraits, maps and a selection of scenes from the life of Napoleon.
1. On the opening page a portrait of General Moreau in an oval frame with his name lettered beneath and a representation of "Gen Moreau's disaster before Dresden" appended below in a rectangular frame below, lettered beneath the image: "Published by J&J Cundee, Albion Press, London, 1814." (The portrait illustrations throughout the text are in this format.)
2. Title page with "Memoirs of the Life and Campaigns of Napoleon Buonaparte" in an ornate script at the top of the page. With an illustration (by George Cruikshank, Reid 4506) "Napoleon Signing his Abdication" below the title. Lettered beneath the image with a quotation from Shakespeare and "Vol." with an illegible number and the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "Published by J&J Cundee. Ivy Lane. Paternoster Row."
With a further title page with details of the text, the author's name, Volume 1 and publisher's details printed at the foot of the page.
3. A folded map of Germany bound alongside page 44.
4. A portrait of Frederick William King of Prussia with a representation of "The King of Prussia recommending his Son to the protection of the army" below.
5. A portrait of Emperor Alexander, below a scene of "Poissards of Paris, presenting bouquets to the Emperor Alexander."
6.Reid 4507. Plate of "Napoleon's Departure from Fontainbleau" (Lettered below the illustration "Cruikshank del. Chapman sc.)
7. A portrait of the Crown Prince of Sweden with a scene of the "Introduction of the Crown Prince to the Emperor of Russia at Abo." below.
8. A portrait of Marshal Blucher with a scene of "General Blucher presenting the recovered sword of the Great Frederick to his Sovereign."
9. A portrait of Maria Louisa with "The Marriage of Napoleon Buonaparte with the Archdutchess [sic] of Austria."
10. Reid 4505. Plate of "Revolution of the 18th Brumaire" lettered below the image "I.R. Cruikshank Del. Pol.Sc."
Wood engraving and stipple(?) on a letterpress book bound in card.
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Height: 213 millimetres (approx. page height)
Height: 211 millimetres (approx.height (maps))
Width: 130 millimetres (approx. page width)
Width: 257 millimetres (approx. width (maps))
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- Volume I of 2.
According to A.M. Cohn: "Some of the Plates are after Cruikshank and I.R. Cruikshank."
These plates are in Volume I and identified in Reid's catalogue and in the inscriptions below the plates.
The prints were originally issued in weekly parts in paper printed wrappers. (See Cohn) The date of 1813 given in Cohn's catalogue may refer to these weekly installments. 1813 pre-dates a number of the events depicted in the book and several of the illustrations are dated 1814 in this edition.
Those portrait illustrations, maps and plates not attributed to George and Isaac Robert Cruikshank are unsigned. The format of the portraits plates echoes that of the “Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française” 1791-1817 which combined a portrait by François Gabriel Lechavez with a related illustration below by Jean Duplessi-Bertaux. Reid adds details of Chapman and Pole (sc) to the plates attributed to George and Robert Cruikshank.
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