Cruikshank, George. Hard Cover. London: T. Tegg, 1815. First Edition. Near Fine.
Illustrated with 30 hand-colored engravings by George Cruikshank, including an engraved title page. Finely bound and signed by Tout & Sons in full red morocco, decoratively stamped in gilt with leaf detail, five raised bands to spine, compartments and bands decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, turn-ins decorated in gilt, with red silk doublures. A near fine copy with some light rubbing to hinges and spine, early catalog description taped to recto of first free leaf, bookplate to verso. Overall, a beautiful copy in an exquisite binding. The Life of Napoleon is a Hudibrastic poem depicting fictional events from the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, portraying the French statesman's military actions in a largely negative light. A Hudibrastic poem, named for Samuel Butler's 17th century poem Hudibras, is a type of mock-heroic verse written in iambic tetrameter and most often used for satire. William Combe, who wrote this poem under the pseudonym "Dr. Syntax", was a British writer known for a miscellany of work, which included several satires and comical poems.