New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Hardcover. A worn but attractive set bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Red title and black author labels to the spines of all volumes. One volume (about Marie Antoinette) is cocked and the rear hinge has been repaired. Minor wear and rubbing to leather on spines, hinges, labels, and corners. Small chips to edges of some labels and pull to leather on some volumes. The interiors are bright and clean overall; however, one volume has damp staining to the first few pages and another has a very small, light dampstain to the top edges of a few pages. Each volume has a frontispiece portrait. Top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Each volume has an index. FRE/111319. Very Good.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Hardcover. Third Edition. Very good in three quarter leather with marbled paper covered boards. Leather title labels with titles in gilt to spines of all volumes. Raised bands to spines with gilt decoration. Marbled endpages and full marbled edges. There are a few scuff marks and chips to the leather and there is minor wear to the edges of the boards. Each volume has a full page frontispiece with tissue guard and also multiple vignette illustrations. The illustrations are all wood engravings by G. and W. Measom. The frontispieces all have light foxing as does the last page of text. Aside from this, the interiors are very clean and bright. The title pages are printed in red and black. An attractive set. 455 pages in volume 1; 456 pages in volume 2; 505 pages in volume 3. FRA/3123 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Paris and Boston: The Napoleon Society, 1895. Hardcover. Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 387. All volumes are bound to match in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards. The first sixteen volumes are titled "Napoleon" and numbered from 1 to 16 in gilt on the spines. The five volumes of Talleyrand are titled "Memoirs of Talleyrand" and numbered from 1 to 5 in gilt on the spines. Raised bands to spines of all volumes, some with small losses and chipping. Minor wear to edges, hinges, and corners of boards with some volumes having heavier wear and some cracking to leather along hinges. All boards remain firmly attached except for the front board of volume one in the Talleyrand portion. This board is present but detached. Sunning to spines and to edges of boards. Clean interiors overall with occasional small spots of browning / foxing / soiling. One volume of the Talleyrand portion has minor dampstaining to margins of a few early pages. All volumes have marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. Illustrated; each illustration has a captioned tissue guard. The pages in many volumes remain unopened. Each volume is about 300 pages. An attractive set. FRE/111319. Very Good.