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DURAND-BRAGER, Jean-Baptiste Henri (1814-1879). Sainte-Hélène. Translation du Crecueil du l'Empereur Napoléon a bord de la frégate La Belle-Poule. Histoire et vues pittoresques de tous les sites de l'ile se rattachant au mémorial de Saint-Hélène a l'expédition de S.A.R.Mgr. le Prince de Joinville. Paris: Gide, 1844.
Large 2° (625 x 460mm). Mounted on guards throughout. Half-title. 5 lithographic portraits by and after Lévieill© or G.Staal, three tinted, two on india paper mounted. 24 tinted lithographic views after Durand-Brager including 6 'avant-lettre' proofs with titles and inscriptions in pencil, the others by De Laplante and Durand-Brager, De Laplante, Sabatier or Eugène Cicéri, printed by Lemercier or Formentier et Cie. (Plates 12, 13, 15, 16 and 20 spotted into image area, most other plates and most text with slight spotting to margins.) Contemporary brown half morocco gilt, top edge gilt (scuffed).
A RARE WORK including some of the finest views of St. Helena ever published. Durand-Brager was the official artist sent to record the scenery and scenes surrounding the collection of Napoleon's body from St.Helena by an offical French expedition. The text includes eye-witness accounts of the whole affair together with transcriptions of many of the relevant official documents. Only two copies of this work are listed as having sold at auction in the past twenty five years. Gay 3096.
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