Mémoires du Général Baron de Marbot.
Paris: Librairie Plon, 1892. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A splendid full morocco by Birdsall with wide gilt raised bands and very ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Decorative gilt fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispieces. The binding is sound and highly decorative on the shelf with no splitting but there is heavy rubbing and scuffing to the edges. Monogram and coronet on the bookplate. Marbot is celebrated for his memoirs depicting the Napoleonic age of warfare. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Austerlitz before serving in the Peninsular War under Marshals Jean Lannes and André Masséna. He then showed himself to be a dashing leader of light cavalry in the Russian campaign of 1812. After taking part in the Battle of Waterloo alongside Emperor Napoleon I he served a period of exile before returning he was promoted to the rank of maréchal de camp (brigadier general) under King Louis Philippe I. In the original French.