Hard Cover. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1894. First American Edition. Very Good.
Translated from the French by Robert H. Sherard. Three volumes. First American edition. Finely bound in contemporary three-quarter red morocco and red marbled paper-covered boards, five raised bands to spines, decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, red silk markers. A very good set with toning to spines and some wear to extremities, slight loss to corners from rubbing, bookplates to front pastedowns, Vol. I with front hinge starting and rubbed to exterior, five faint horizontal scratches to rear board, Vol. II with a few tears to spine head where leather is fragile and slightly brittle, Vol. III with wear and a bit of loss to spine head. This account of Napoleon's time as the Emperor of France was written by his personal secretary, Baron Claude-François de Méneval. Appointed to the Emperor's cabinet at only 24 years old, Méneval was quickly swept into the world of the French political elite, taking care of Napoleon's correspondence and often serving as a translator. He was a trusted advisor to the emperor, and worked closely alongside him for many years. In this publication, Méneval details Napoleon's life from 1802 until his exile to St. Helena in 1815.