Supper at Beaucaire. Translated into English for the first time, by Somerset de Chair
London, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1945.
Duodecimo, 39 pages with a frontispiece portrait of Napoleon.
Blue cloth, leading and bottom edges uncut; a fine copy with the price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper very slightly creased, with a tiny closed tear to the rear top edge.
Number 371 of a total edition of only 500 copies; the first 100 copies were bound in full vellum. 'Written by Napoleon as a young captain of artillery in 1793, shortly before Toulon, it presented to the public of Provence, in the difficult circumstances of a civil war, the case for the Revolutionary army in the most attractive possible form. It reveals at once the astonishing maturity of this young man of twenty-three; the clarity of his military appreciations; and that ability, rare among soldiers, of bringing words to the assistance of deeds' (introduction). Somerset de Chair (1911-1995) edited and translated several volumes of the memoirs of Napoleon.