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[Embossed text pages from 'Memoirs of Constant'.]
[Embossed text pages from 'Memoirs of Constant'.]
[n.d., c.1838.]
Three sheets of card of embossed blind letterpress. Largest sheet 360 x 220mm (14¼ x 8¾"). 1 sheet trimmed with loss of text.
Three sheets of card containing twelve pages (of 340?) from an English edition of ''Memoirs of Constant, first valet de chambre of the emperor, on the private life of Napoleon, his family and his court", by Louis Constant Wairy (1778-1845)
[Ref: 53982]   £230.00  
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Invasion. Scene II of a Play.
Invasion. Scene II of a Play. Enter John Bull, Sandy of Scotland, Taffy of Wales, and Patrick of Ireland.
Printed for J. Stockdale, 181, Piccadilly S. Gosnell, Printed, Little Queen Street, Holborn.
London, 1803.
Letterpress, sheet. 425 x 270mm (16¾ x 10¾"). Left, right and lower edges are folded. Slight horizontal fold across centre with small tears at either side, edges some creasing.
A broadside satirising the reactions of Great Britain to the threat of a French invasion, illustrated by characters representing Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. The dialogue between the four characters is accompanied by a woodcut engraving by John Lee depicting four men in their respective national dress dancing in a circle. Published at a time when tensions were rising between Britain and France as Napoleon was amassing power and influence in Europe while undermining Britain. Great Britain declared war on France out of a 'mixture of economic motives and national neuroses'.
[Ref: 53949]   £320.00  
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[Broadside against Napoleon]
[Broadside against Napoleon] Address to Irishmen Residing in England. / Fellow Countrymen, The Calamaties which have so lately threatened your native Country, by a few of your Bretheren being misled by the artful Designs of French Spies [...] suffer no the poisonous Language of the Enemies of their Country, however high in Rank, or the vain Promises of the designing Spies of a Corsican Usurper and Murderer [...]
An Irishman, and a Soldier. Craven Hotel, Strand, August 8, 1803.
John Ginger, No. 169, Piccadilly / W Glindon, Printer, 48, Rupert Street, Hay-Market
Letterpress, sheet 435 x 280mm (17 x 11"). Creasing and folds in each corner. Small tears along left and right margins.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. This one is specifically addressed to Irishmen resident in England, imploring them to 'be foremost on the Shores of your Island, in repelling a Barbarous and Ferocious Enemy, and save your Wives and Children from their Savage Lust and murderous Hands'. Mention of 'the patriotic Language of a Sheridan (that Ornament of his Country)' refers to Richard Brinsley Sheridan's (1751-1816) strong support of the volunteer corps in the face of Napoleon's imperial expansion. Includes a list of other 'patriotic publications' sold by John Ginger on Piccadilly, including 'Horrors upon Horrors' and 'Publicolia Addresses'.
For Ginger's 'Publicolia Addresses' see refs. 10044 and 27538; for Sheridan see ref. 17993.
[Ref: 53945]   £320.00  
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[Broadside against Napoleon]
[Broadside against Napoleon] Sheridan's Address to the People. Our King! our Country! And our God!
[c.1803.] London: Printed for J. Asperne, (Successor to Mr. Sewell,) at the Bible, Crown, and Constitution, No. 32, Cornhill, by T. Maiden, Sherbourn-Lane;1 Price One Penny, or 6s the 100.
Letterpress, sheet 355 x 210mm (14 x 8¼"). Fold in both top and bottom right corners.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Irish playwright and politician, wrote 'Pizarro', a play adapted from August von Kotzebue's 'Die Spanien in Peru', which premiered in 1799. Sheridan's play addressed both fears of French invasion and supported the revolutionary aims of the United Irishmen. This 'address to the people' is an amalgamation of several speeches from 'Pizarro', contrasting French and British principles as incompatible. The publisher James Asperne (1757-1820) was best-known for publishing the popular 'European Magazine'. Many of his other broadsides published at this time mention that Sheridan's Address can be purchased from him, demonstrating its great popularity.
For 'Pizarro', see refs. 11533 and 17165; for Sheridan see ref. 17993.
[Ref: 53943]   £320.00  
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Buonaparte and Talleyrand.
Buonaparte and Talleyrand. It is well known that Monsieur Talleyrand always objected to the Invasion of England, as a mad Attempt, that must end in the Destruction of the Invaders. Having been favoured with a Note of a Conversation between him and the Chief Consul on this Subject, I have attempted, for the Entertainment of my Countrymen, to put it into Rhyme. A.S.
[c.1803] Printed for J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, Price 6d. per dozen, by J.Brettell, Great Windmill Street.
Letterpress, sheet. 440 x 260mm (17 x 10¼"). Creasing across the sheet.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. This imagined dialogue presents the diplomat Talleyrand as opposing a planned invasion by Napoleon, who foresees that 'In a night or a fog we will silent steal over,/ And surprize unexpected, the Castle of Dover'. Talleyrand negotiated a short-lived peace in Europe, but was unable to prevent the renewal of hostilities in 1803. With his influence diminishing, and Napoleon's ambition seemingly insatiable, Talleyrand resigned from his role as grand chamberlain in 1807. Published by John Hatchard (1768-1849), who founded the Piccadilly bookseller still thriving over two hundred years on.
For a contemporary portrait of Talleyrand, see ref. 28220
[Ref: 53944]   £300.00  
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St Helena. Visiting his Tomb.  The Shade of Napoleon.
St Helena. Visiting his Tomb. The Shade of Napoleon.
[n.d., c.1825.]
Lithograph, trimmed. 195 x 220mm (7¾ x 8¾"). Trimmed around title and subtitle. Small loss to the image along the top right.
The trunks of two willow trees, together with their branches and other foliage, form the outline profile of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), beside a simple moonlit grave on the Atlantic island of Saint Helena. A woman in a mourning veil holds a wreath, the French Imperial eagle at her feet. This one of several puzzle-type prints on the same theme published in the aftermath of Napoleon's death.
[Ref: 53839]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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