Napoleon at St. Helena

O'MEARA, Barry Edward. Napoleon at St. Helena.

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O'MEARA, Barry Edward. Napoleon at St. Helena. London, Richard Bentley, 1888.

Two volumes, 8vo. Original cream cloth, spines lettered in gilt, N in gilt on front covers, these surrounded by Napoleonic ornamental borders in brown; pp. xciv, [2], 367, [viii], 397, 15, 14, [2], [2, advertisements], one egraved and one colour-lithographic frontispiece, five plates in chromolithography with tissue guards, wood-engraved vignettes and one full-page woood-engraved portrait, 2 appendices printed in purple ink; paper cutting from 1822 on the cause of Napoleon's death tipped onto rear fly-leaf of volume I; cloth a little spotted, onterwise a very good set with contemporary bookplate of A. A. Borradaile inside front cover of volume I.
A splendidly produced new edition (first, 1822), in the rarely seen stylish publisher's binding. Barry O'Meara (1786-1836) was medical attendant to Napoleon at St. Helena from 1815 to 1818. He was dismissed from his post in July 1818 as a result of strong differences of opinion with the Governor, Sir Hudson Lowe. His dismissal was referred to by Byron in The Age of Bronze: "The stiff surgeon who maintained his cause/Hath lost his place and gain'd the world's applause." On his return to England O'Meara sent a letter to the Admiralty, insinuating that Napoleon's life was not safe in Lowe's hands. Napoleon in Exile, which quickly reached a fifth edition, created a sensation, particularly over O'Meara's denouncement of the treatment meted out to Napoleon by Lowe and the government. It later became evident, however, that O'Meara had overstated his case.