Etching and aquatint 'engraved by R. B. Peake from a sketch taken on the Island.' Published by J.M. Richardson 23 Cornhill as a frontispiece to A TOUR THROUGH THE ISLAND OF ST HELENA WITH SOME PARTICULARS RESPECTING the ARRIVAL and Detention of NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE by Capt. John Barnes Town Major, and Civil and Military Surveyor of the Company's Service on the Island. 1817.
Dimensions: 168mm x 106mm.
In generally good condition. The paper is stained, but this is commensurate with its age. Evidence of previous binding on right edge. The publication detail below the image is trimmed through, but legible.
A Profile portrait of the ex-Emperor whilst in captivity on the Island of St Helena, where he was sent following his defeat at Waterloo in June 1815, and remained until his death in 1821. This publication in which this print first appeared was the only book concerning Napoleon's captivity to be published in his lifetime. The author notes, with some satisfaction, the impossibility of escape - so remote the place and so well-guarded the prisoner.