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Life of Napoleon Buonaparte

By John Gibson Lockhart

1885

W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell : Edinburgh

7.5" by 5"

316pp

 

 

 

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A prize binding copy of John Gibson Lockhart's biography of Napoleon Buonaparte, formerly owned by the World War I soldier Arthur Laver.

An interesting biography about Napoleon Buonaparte. Written by John Gibson Lockhart, who was the son-in-law of Sir Walter Scott. Lockhart was a Scottish writer, and is possibly best known for his biography on Scott, which has been called the most admirable biography in the English language after 'Life of Johnson' by James Boswell. Lockhart's other novels include 'Valerius', 'Some Passages in the Life of Mr. Adam Blair Minister of Gospel at Cross Meikle', and 'Reginald Dalton'. With a frontispiece. In a prize binding from Brynmelyn School, awarded to Arthur Laver for English in 1905, with a prize inscription to the verso to the front endpaper. Envelope tipped in to the recto to the front free endpaper, addressed to Joey from his Mother on April 2nd 1916, with a note about the identity of Arthur Laver. Also with a postcard from Arthur Laver addressed to his mother, with the postcard showing Brynmelyn School, note says 'My dear Mother, I arrived here safely this evening please do not expect a letter on Monday - as there will be nothing to say, from Arthur'. Also with the Brynmelyn School prize list from Midsummer 1904. Also with two printed pages stapled together, noting the fate of Arthur Laver, who was killed at Gallipoli in Australia during the First World War. Arthur Laver emigrated to Australia when he was 17, and spent the first nine months playing cricket before joining a sheep station, where he came well known. His family never saw him again as he left to Australia, volunteering in 1914 for the AIF before being sent to the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Undated, dated from Copac from a copy held at British Library.

CONDITION

In a full calf prize binding. Externally, generally smart. A little loss to the head of the spine, which has been repaired. Minor rubbing to the spine. Some light marks to the boards. Small cracks to the head and tail of the front joint. Front hinge is starting but firm. Presentation ink inscription to the verso to the front endpaper. Enveloped tipped in to the recto to the front free endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with the odd spot and handling mark.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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