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1 Andre Maurois, Simone Miss Howard and The Emperor : The Story of Napoleon III and His Mistress
London Collins 1957 First Edition SIGNED by the Author
Near Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket. Fully bound in red cloth. The spine is stamped in gilt. 224pps., plus 8 pages of illustrations. There is mild bumping to the lower tips. Also, there is a faint strip of tanning to the half-title page (due, likely, to a clipping having been laid in). Otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has a modestly sunned spine, light edgewear, and a 1" closed tear in the front panel; the original price is intact. Generically SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the half-title page. Translated from the French by Humphrey Hare.

"...The subject of Madame Maurois' first book is Miss Howard, alias Miss Harryett, alias the Countess of Beauregard. She was the daughter of a shoemaker in Brighton, mistress of Napoleon III, and a political supporter whose financial resources and immense generosity provided him with the money he needed to obtain the throne of France.
Miss Howard's career was not that of the conventional royal mistress. She fell in love with Napoleon when he was a relatively obscure exile in London, and she can be said to have remained faithful to him for the rest of her life. Nor does it generally fall to a mistress to put her lover on a throne and by doing so lose his favour. Yet so it was with Miss Howard, for the Empire demanded an heir, and the Empress Eugenie was chosen to provide one.
In this book Madame Maurois introduces us to a beautiful and tragic figure who lived at the very centre of French life and who died alone in her gigantic chateau at Beauregard, an exile from the man she loved and the society which had never accepted her..."

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