NAPOLEON - Napoleon's Memoirs. Volume I: Corsica to Marengo [Volume II: Waterloo Campaign] Edited [and translated] by Somerset de Chair. [London], The Golden Cockerel Press, 1945.
Two volumes. Foolscap folio. Original green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, map endpapers by the editor; pp. 422, ; 78, ; two frontispiece-portraits, title-pages with woodcut vignettes; cloth a little discoloured in places and with light bumping to corners; internally very clean and fresh.
First edition, number 395 of the limited edition of 500. Towards the end of the War Somerset de Chair translated and arranged this text from Napoleon's miscellaneous and unfinished autobiographical writings. In the preface he refers to the ongoing war. 'In an age of ersatzNapoleons, the authentic voice is arresting. He need not fear comparisons. What Napoleon Bonaparte failed to achieve, Adolf Hitler need not have attempted' (volume I. p. 6).