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[Schlabrendorf, Gustav, Graf Von]
Bonaparte and the French People Under His Consulate
London: Tipper and Richards, 1804. Octavo. 2nd edition. xvi, 253 pages. Schlabrendorf's attack upon Napoleon questioned his legitimacy. The manuscript was smuggled out of France and printed in German. Tallyrand wanted to suppress it but most French authorities disregarded it at first. It was reviewed by Goethe (who already had admired Schlabrendorf for his study of Kant) and it enjoyed a wide circulation. When, Napoleon's inner circle found out how virulent the atttack was, they began a search for the printers and publishers though Schlabrendorf himself was never found. It was simultanously being translated into English in two quite diffrent editions both by the publishing firm of Tipper and Richards. Clearly both translations are based on the German original though they differ in style and in a number of facts as well as added footnotes and the small addenda of the 2nd edition at the end which states that more will have to be printed later. The book created a stir throughout Europe that was also published in the U.S. that same year and again in Hamburg in 1806 (though the printed name for the place of publication was Petersburg to avoid the search and arrest which embraced all the countries Napoleon controlled). Clearly, Napoleon's threat to the whole of Europe meant danger to anyone who would harbor Schlabrendorf or his allies and soon a search for the printers and publishers led to their being tried in France and executed though the author escaped their search. This rare variant has the major details in agreement but includes information on publishers not in the first e … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB [United States]
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