Private Hours of Napoleon Bonaparte | from his earliest years to the period of his marriage with the Arch-Duchess Maria Louisa | written by himself during his residence in the island of Elba, (Printed for Germain Mathiot, Paris, 1816, reverse title page says “London: Printed by Schulze and Dean”)
7″ X 5″, 4 vols., 240pp 247pp 248pp 240pp, rebound in 1/2 brown calf over marbled boards, 5 raised bands and gilt titles on spine, blindstamp designs on leather, marbled edges, good+ condition, rare book
This was not at all written by Napoleon but written anonymously. The story (unverified) is that it was commissioned by the publisher Henry Colburn (1784-1855) for British intelligence with the primarily erotic or otherwise scandalous content intended to discredit Napoleon’s character while he was in exile in Elba. This is a very rare work. Only a few copies located worldwide. The only other one I’ve found in the US is in Harvard’s library. This work was also published in French (with a London imprint).