SLOANE, William Milligan (1850-1928). Life of Napoleon Bonaparte...Special Extra Illustrated Copy in Eight Volumes. New York: The Century Co., 1896.
8 volumes, 4o (295 x 203 mm). Titles printed in red and black. Frontispieces and plates, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED by the addition of approximately 500 portraits, views, and plates, some mounted or window-mounted, a few folding, double-page, or hand-colored. 20th-century blue crushed levant morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun (Riviere), upper covers gilt with inlaid miniature portraits or scenes depicting Marie Louise, Egypt, Josephine, Napoleon wounded at Ratisbon, the Italian campaign, Friedland, Moscou, and Waterloo surrounded by inlaid pearls, lower covers gilt with central arms of Napoleon, spines in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands gilt-lettered in 2, the rest gilt with red morocco onlays, turn-ins gilt, watered silk doublures and endpapers, edges gilt; cloth slipcases. Provenance: Selden (armorial bookplate on endpaper); Lynde Selden (bookplate on endpaper).
A fine de-luxe issue of Sloane's accomplished life of Napoleon, extravagantly bound and profusely extra-illustrated with military costume prints, views of Europe and various battle sites including many aquatint plates by Bowyer, portraits of his court and generals, and related pictorial memorabilia of Napoleon and his circle. A SUPERB SET. (8)