BONAPARTE'S PARK, AND THE MURATS

(Trenton, NJ: MacCrelish and Quigley, 1879).

PRESENTATION COPY AND FIRST EDITION OF THIS FINE WORK OF NEW JERSEY HISTORY. Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844), the elder brother of Napoleon, immigrated to the United States at the close of the Napoleonic Wars and settled in the Delaware Valley. Known as the Comte de Survilliers, Joseph was a patron of the arts and sciences and owned a townhouse in Philadelphia. However, he was best known for his lavish country estate at Point Breeze in Bordentown. At Point Breeze he constructed a pair of palatial houses. The first was destroyed by a fire in 1820, the second stood into the mid-nineteenth century. He also laid out one of the finest picturesque gardens in North America. Joseph’s country estate, often simply called 'Bonaparte’s Park', attracted many luminaries who commented on it widely. It was one of the sights to see in the Delaware Valley. After Joseph’s return to Europe, the property remained a private estate/park owned by the Richards, Beckett, and Hammond families. Item #29637

First edition, PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. With a fine engraved portrait of Joseph Bonaparte and engraved view of the park. 8vo, publisher's original blue embossed cloth, the upper cover and spine gilt lettered. 116, [2 ads] pp. A very fresh and well preserved copy, near fine. A little spotting at the prelims only and very minor general mellowing.

Price: $125.00