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The Life of Napoleon (6 Vols.)
London: Grolier Society, nd. Edition DeLuxe. Hardcover. Fine. 8 3/4 x 6". c1910. All volumes complete, with illustrations. #749 of 1000. Uniformly bound in full fine crushed blue morocco by SICKLES. Although not signed by Sickles, this set exhibits identical tooling and doublures done, compared with other bindings I have. Front and rear boards have intricate flower stem tooling in gilt with flowers and buds of green and ivory. Outlined with single line on periphery of boards. Front also with initials "C E B" done in a circular design. Spines have 5 raised bands with 4 compartments exhibiting similar flowers and stems, remaining 2 compartments with title and author/volume number. Top edge gilt. Front and rear inner boards very well done with silk doublures, outlined with a wide double line fillet, with each corner repeating flower stem motif, and a bud in green on each corner. Ffep line in matching silk. Many full page photo-etchings throughout. Color frontispieces to each volume. Also with facsimile manuscripts of Napoleon to each volume as well. Printed on Grolier watermarked paper. Only fault notable is a minor damp ring to upper 5th of volume 6, about halfway through, started wider and progressively getting smaller. An exceptionally bound set in fine condition. OCLC 5809900.
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