Mock Court of St. Cloud



[002596] [Napoleon Bonaparte]. Mock Court of St. Cloud, with the Real and Assumed Names of Its Illustrious Members. Kendal: B. Dowson, 1814. ?First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Single sided broadside, approximately 315mm x 385mm in size.

Loss to upper two corners, closed tear to upper centre, catching border but with no loss, small closed tears to central fold and foot, staining to centres of sides, though not affecting text and slightly creased.

Satirical list of eminent members of the French Consulate, though it mainly seems to be drawing attention to the lowly birth status of many on the list, with their name and background countered by their ‘assumed names’, for example “Augereau – a common thief before the Revolution [now] Duke of Castiglione”.

St. Cloud was a palace in France, occupied by Napoleon, and where he was proclaimed emperor in 1804, it was later destroyed during the Franco-Prussian war.

The printer was likely to have been B.[enjamin] Dowson, listed in the BBTI as active in Kendal in 1819-20. COPAC records one smaller, undated [1814?] copy in the NLS, printed by Bowdery & Kerby; & J. Rodwell, London, but this imprint is not in COPAC