Hard Cover. London: Printed for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1822. Very Good.
Two volumes. Fifth edition. Finely bound in contemporary light brown spotted calf with five raised bands to spine with dark red morocco spine labels, bands and compartments decorated in gilt and blind, boards ruled in gilt and decorated in blind, red marbled endpapers and text block edges. A very good set with wear to extremities and hinges, front hinges cracked but holding, two bookplates to each front pastedown with one on top of the other, some foxing to title pages and lightly scattered throughout, offsetting from engravings, Vol. I with a few scratches to front board and rubbing to rear board, spine ends worn and with a faint light-colored stain to first compartment, lacking headband with wear to tailband, Vol. II with a few short tears to the spine ends, wear to headband and lacking tailband. Overall, a handsome set. This in-depth account of Napoleon's time on the island of St. Helena was written by his physician and confidant, Barry O'Meara, who was assigned the task of accompanying the French statesman during his exile. Following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, after a failed attempt by Napoleon's allied opponents to keep him imprisoned on the island of Elba, the British sent him to be held on the remote island St. Helena. There, Napoleon spent the last six years of his life, largely under the control of the island's governor, Hudson Lowe. O'Meara's work describes Napoleon's activities in detail, including his musings and complaints about life in captivity, in chronological order marked by date. Upon its publication, the work caused a stir among the general public, primarily for its assertion that Hudson Lowe mistreated Napoleon.