London: for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1822. Octavo. Item #022527
5th edition published in the same year as the first edition. Frontispieces, 512pp. and 552pp. One of the most important and controversial memoirs. Napoleon's doctor, O'Meara documents the time he spent as Napoleon's physician while Napoleon was exiled to Saint Helena in 1815. The doctor had decided the life and events of Napoleon, especially during this time, should be kept for the sake of history, though many attacked his work and character. The Doctor was close to Napoleon, so his words would not be forgotten, the doctor wrote the conversations down immediately before he would forget them. He published his work only after the death of Napoleon. Bound in full calf double ruled in gilt, slightly raised bands with compartment s decoratively stamped in gilt, brown morocco spine labels gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, previous owner's small address label, finely rebacked with original spine laid down, some wear to corners and off-setting from frontispieces.