WITH NAPOLEON AT ST. HELENA, by Paul Fremeaux - 1902 [Memoir]


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With Napoleon at St. Helena:

Being the Memoirs of Dr. John Stokoe, Naval Surgeon

by Paul Fremeaux

translated by Edith S. Stokoe 

London and New York:  John Lane, 1902 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Red superfine covers are mostly clean, with gilt border and field of bees decoration. 
  • Boards show some smudges to back cover.  Corners are scuffed. 
  • Spine has gilt text and is dimmed with crushed ends.  See photos. 
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some foxing, staining.  
  • Frontispiece is present and has intact tissue guard.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits some marginal toning, scattered foxing. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges, gilt along head, are a little dusty. 
  • PS2023.0802

258 pages. 5 x 7.5 inches

One of the numerous volumes devoted to the topic of Napoleon's exile on island of St. Helena.  While calling itself a memoir, this book is in fact an account of the years Napoleon spent on St. Helena by a Frenchman, Paul Fremeaux.  Fremeaux found the memoirs of John Stokoe, an English naval surgeon who had been at St. Helena from 1817 to 1819, in the possession of a relative.  According to Fremeaux's introduction, Stokoe's memoirs were wordy where they should have been succinct, and sparse where they should have been expansive.  These perceived faults did not keep Fremeaux from making use of Stokoe's contemporary account of Napoleon in exile to write his own contribution to the partisan debate about how Bonaparte was treated by the British and what sort of captivity he endured in exile.

Further complicating questions of source, narrative, and allegiance is the fact that Fremeaux wrote his account in French.  The English translation was by Edith S. Stokoe, great grand-niece of Dr. John Stokoe and holder of the momoir manuscript which is the basis for this book. 

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