THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE, by an American - 1820 Leatherbound biography

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Antiquarian leatherbound book displays commensurate aging and wear to covers and interior. Covers are rubbed and interior shows scattered foxing with occasional edgewear to textblock, with creasing at corners. Frontis features a portrait of the emperor. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Please see description for more details. AS IS.

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte: containing Historical Sketches, and Anecdotes illustrative of his Public and Private Character. 

by An American

Published by: Allen and Bryant, Elizabeth-Town, NJ, 1820.

Hardback is overall in GOOD condition.

  • Volume is in overall good condition with expected rubbing to covers and aging inside.
  • Leather covers exhibit overall rubbing, mostly to edges, with partly exposed boards at corners.
  • Corners show some bumping, light at lower, and more pronounced at upper corners.
  • Spine features red titleblock with gilt, and displays overall rubbing. Shoulder ends at head show two small chips.
  • Binding is intact through textblock. Hinges display some cracking.
  • Frontispiece is intact, yet shows notable foxing.
  • Front feps and back pastedown exhibit some ink writing. 
  • Ink note is secured to last page with 2 metal pins. (See photos)
  • Title page has shadow from portrait on facing page.
  • Interior is notably toned with scattered foxing, and some edgewear to pages with occasional corner creasing and tears. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges are toned and darkened and show scattered foxing.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20180913
503 pages. 5.5 x 8.75 inches.



Affixed to back fep is a hand-written poetic note in praise of Napoleon, possibly by prior owner. Also, period newspaper cutting with poetry (as bookmark?). 


An American writer compiled this biography of the great Frenchman, using, as title states, the most authentic and reliable sources of information. The book deals with the public as well as private aspects of the emperor, from his birth and upbringing in Corsica to his surrender and went to St Helena, his final place of confinement. 


Features a portrait of the emperor in frontis. Includes a notice to the reader and a table of contents.

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Year Printed: 1820
Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Topic: Historical
Binding: Leather
Region: North America
Author: An American
Subject: Biography & Autobiography
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Publisher: Allen and Bryant
Place of Publication: Elizabeth-Town NJ
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
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