ASPERNE

[Printed handbill against Napoleon Bonaparte.] Another Confirmation of the Tender Mercies of Bonaparte in Egypt! Selected by his old friend John Bull.

Author: 
'John Bull' [James Asperne (1757-1820), London bookseller and publisher; Sir Robert Wilson (1777-1849), English general; William Wittman; Napoleon Bonaparte]
Another Confirmation of the Tender Mercies of Bonaparte in Egypt!
Publication details: 
'32, Cornhill, | July 25, 1803.' ['London: Printed for J. ASPERNE, Successor to Mr. Sewell, at the Bible, Crown, and Constitution, No. 32, Cornhill, by T. Maiden.']
£145.00
Another Confirmation of the Tender Mercies of Bonaparte in Egypt!

Large 8vo, 1 p. Thirty-eight lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. '43.' in manuscript in top right-hand corner. Begins: 'As a Proof of the Veracity of Sir Robert Wilson's Account of the tremendously inhuman MURDERS perpetrated at JAFFA by Order of that most sanguinary Monster, and detestable Tyrant, BONAPARTE'. There follows a long quotation from Wittman's 'Narrative of his Travels'. The second paragraph begins 'Englishmen, can you possibly read this Account without Horror?

Proof engraving, by T. Blood, from painting by Samuel Drummond, A.R.A., of Asperne as Freemason.

Author: 
James Asperne (1757-1820), bookseller of Cornhill, London, and proprietor of the 'European Magazine' [Freemasonry; Masonic]
Publication details: 
[London; 1814].
£125.00

Dimensions of paper roughly twelve inches by ten; dimensions of print roughly nine and a half inches by seven and a half. A good clear impression, on aged, creased paper, of a striking illustration showing a portly and sleek Asperne, beautifully turned out in Freemason's robes and paraphernalia, holding a leather-bound book, and seated in an ornately carved wooden chair with the Freemasons' eye in a triangle at its head. Captioned 'Mr James Asperne | BOOKSELLER, CORNHILL, | Past Master of the FOUNDATION LODGE NO. 96 And St. Peter's No.. 249 | P.S.D. of the LODGE of Antiquity No.

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