[&] Impromptu [letterpress card]
Engraving and letterpress, with small letterpress sheet, together on album sheet, sheet 390 x 280mm (15¼ x 11"). Both items glued to backing sheet.
Two items relating to the birth of Napoleon II, son of Napoleon Bonaparte and Mary-Louise of Austria, in 1811. The frontispiece to Louason's poem on the baptism of Napoleon II includes the eagle (after which Napoleon II would be nicknamed), while below is a British response to the news in the form of a comic bulletin and poem (''Twill be a Die nasty indeed! ! !'). Napoleon II was King of Rome, Prince of Parma, and Duke of Reichstadt. He died of pneumonia in 1832, leaving no issue, and it was his cousin Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte who took over the Napoleonic claim to the throne and subsequently restored the empire as Napoleon III.
[Ref: 35936] £140.00