Napoleon's Opera Glass, an Histrionic Study.

London: Mathews, 1897.

Price: $1,100.00

About the item

First edition. 36 extra plates, (8), 122 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Full red morocco gilt extra by Root & Son, with bee and eagle tools on boards and spine, and featuring a gilt crowned initial ‘N’ within a laurel wreath on the front board, with thirty-six added plates, a.e.g., in a slipcase. Includes the stamp of Boston bookseller Charles E. Lauriat.

Item #267727

Rosen writes in his introduction that his intention in this work is “to treat of Napoleon as a theatregoer, as a critic and patron of the drama, and as a familiar of playwrights and players. I intend to show that he was himself a master actor on important occasions and an artist in histrionic effects.”

The extra plates in this volume include several portraits of Napoleon as well as various literary figures: Shakespeare, Voltaire, Racine, and Corneille; as well as Roman emperors, French statesmen, and Josephine.