Joséphine Impératrice et Reine.

Joséphine Impératrice et Reine.
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Paris: Goupil, 1899. Large 4to, (4), 271pp. With a color frontispiece portrait and 41 illustrations of which 33 are full-page. Original full dark red straight-grain morocco extra, covers stamped in gilt with the Napoleonic shield, rich gilt borders, backstrip richly gilt and stamped with bees, crowns, and ‘N’s. A sumptuous binding perhaps indicating a de luxe copy. Small patch on the lower cover faded, joints very slightly scuffed, but a lovely copy beautifully bound. First edition, limited to 1200 copies of which this is #6 which may indicate an early issue in the de luxe binding. The original printed wrappers are bound in. A well regarded work on Napoleon’s wife. “Joséphine de Beauharnais was the first wife of Napoleon I, and thus the first Empress of the French. Her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and she was imprisoned in the Carmes prison until her release five days after Alexandre's execution. Through her daughter, Hortense, she was the maternal grandmother of Napoléon III. Through her son, Eugène, she was the great-grandmother of later Swedish and Danish kings and queens. The reigning houses of Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg also descend from her. She did not bear Napoleon any children; as a result, he divorced her in 1810 to marry Marie Louise of Austria. Joséphine was the recipient of numerous love letters written by Napoleon, many of which still exist. Her Château de Malmaison was noted for its magnificent rose garden, which she supervised closely, owing to her passionate interest in roses, collected from all over the world.” (Wikipedia). (Item Id: 106754)

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