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STACK, Lieutenant Frederick Rice.
Mrs Harriet Ward.
Souvenir of the Emperor Napoleon. Consisting of Six Drawings made in the Island of Saint Helena, representing the various spots rendered generally interesting from their association with the history of Napoleon. Drawn from nature by Lieutenant F.R. Stack

London: published by Gambart & Co., Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co. and Goupil & Co. of Paris, n.d. [but preface dated January 1851]
Cf. Abbey Travel 319 (tinted issue only); Bobins I 114.
London: published by Gambart & Co., Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co. and Goupil & Co. of Paris, n.d. [but preface dated January 1851]

Large folio (24" x 17.5"). Lithographic dedication leaf to Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, 6 large hand-coloured lithographed plates by Charles Haghe after Stack. Expertly bound to style in red half morocco over original plum-coloured textured cloth-covered boards, the upper cover blocked in gilt with "Souvenir of the [image of an imperial French eagle] Emperor Napoleon", cream glazed marbled endpapers, old ink stain to upper board. Hand-coloured, large-paper issue of this beautifully-illustrated record of the island of Saint Helena: the location of Napoleon Bonaparte's final period of captivity. Abbey appears to have been unaware of the present large-paper, hand-coloured deluxe issue. The Abbey copy of this sumptuous production was considerably smaller (22" x 14") in a variant publisher's binding and with tinted rather than hand-coloured plates. (In addition, Abbey gives a speculative date for his copy of 1859). The dating given above is taken from the foot of the letterpress preface, "Dover, January, 1851." Some confirmation of this earlier date is obtainable: Stack is known to have served with the Saint Helena regiment as a Lieutenant from January 1842 until he was promoted to Captain on 5 August 1853. He transferred to the 65th regiment and subsequently served in New Zealand from 1857 until 1862 - he is now perhaps best known for his Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand. which was published in London by Day & Son in about 1862. The strongly pro-Napoleonic text is by Harriet Ward. The images, which are captioned in both English and French, are as follows: Coloured plates in order: 1. The "Briars" at St. Helena (where Napoleon lived after his arrival, during the preparation of the house at Longwood). 2. The old house at Longwood St. Helena (in which Napoleon lived and died). 3. The interior of the room in St. Helena (in which Napoleon died). 4. The new house at Longwood, St. Helena (built for Napoleon). 5. Plantation house, St. Helena, the residence of the Governor. 6. The tomb of Napoleon, St. Helena (since the removal of his remains).