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[ NAPOLEON BONAPARTE] Panorama de 15 lithographies figurant le cortège funéraire ou Retour des cendres de l'Empereur Napoléon Ier

[ NAPOLEON BONAPARTE]

Adrien PROVOST

Panorama de 15 lithographies figurant le cortège funéraire ou Retour des cendres de l'Empereur Napoléon Ier

s.n., Paris s.d. (ca 1840), reliure : 14,5x18,5cm / panorama : 2,06m, un panorama sous reliure.


Panorama of 15 lithographs depicting the funeral procession or Return of the ashes of the Emperor Napoleon I 
s.n., Paris s.d (ca 1840), binding: 14.5 x 18.5 cm / panorama: 2.06m, a panorama in a binding
A very rare first edition of 15 lithographed views in bistre tint, mounted in an accordion-pleat, forming a panorama of 2.06m and showing the Parisian procession of the return of Napoleon I's ashes from the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile to Ivalides. In the lower margin, the caption presents the different groups forming the procession: Ajaccio delegation, Paris Municipal Council, Prince of Joinville Commission of Sainte-Hélène...in the centre of the panorama stands the spectacular funeral car. Without mention of the publisher, this impressive document was undoubtedly printed by Aubert, famous publisher of Parisian panoramas published during the same era and also illustrated by Adrien Provost. 
Publisher's half cloth black Bradel binding, goffered silk boards framed with double gilt fillets, the first with the gilt title “convoi de l'Empereur” stamped in the centre.
“On voit bien au loin, dans la vapeur et dans le soleil, sur le fond gris et roux des arbres des Champs-Elysées, à travers de grandes statues blanches qui ressemblent à des fantômes, se mouvoir lentement une espèce de montagne d'or. On n'en distingue encore rien qu'une sorte de scintillement lumineux qui fait étinceler sur toute la surface du char tantôt des étoiles, tantôt des éclairs. Une immense rumeur enveloppe cette apparition. On dirait que ce char traîne après lui l'acclamation de toute la ville comme une torche traîne sa fumée.”  “In the distance is seen, in the mist and the sunlight, against the grey and russet background of the trees in the Champs-Elysées, beyond the great white phantom-like statues, a kind of golden mountain slowly moving. All that can be distinguished of it as yet is a sort of luminous glistening, which makes now stars, now lightening sparkle over the whole surface of the car. A mighty roar follows this apparition. It would seem as though this car draws after it the acclamation of the whole city, as a torch draws after it its smoke. (Victor Hugo, Choses Vues, “15 décembre 1840. Funérailles de l'Empereur. Notes prises sur place.”)

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