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A Narrative of Memorable Events in Paris

A Narrative of Memorable Events in Paris, Preceding the Capitulation, and During the Occupancy of That City By the Allied Armies, in the Year 1814 Being Extracts from the Journal of a Detenu,.also Anectdotes of Buonaparte’s Journey to Elba

Underwood, Thomas Richard] Octavo. 298pp., Written in part from the journal of a prisoner, on parole in the French Capital. In his journal, which he kept for nearly 12 years, he writes personal incidents, of the savage and murderous scenes of warfare, of the successive events of infuriated conflict and slaughter, contrasted by pompous triumphant processions and rapid transition to gaiety and pastimes. He wrote of the expulsion of a warrior, emperor and despot, from his throne, and the exaltation of an exiled, artful king, though the author simply kept his journal solely for amusement and to aid his recollection of facts without any idea to someday publish. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in full red polished calf, boards double ruled in gilt, raised bands ruled in gilt, compartments stamped with eagles, bees and N with a crown above, brown morocco spine label gilt top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, inner gilt denteels, upper corner of front board bumped, light rubbing to joints, no foxing. A very nice copy from the library of Alfred S. Austrian (1870-1932) who was a Chicago lawyer for the White Sox. Comiskey was aided and abetted by Austrian during the Black Sox Affair. And, of collector Walter L. Darling with their bookplates.