REV PERCIVAL JOHN BRINE: THE REVOLUTION AND SIEGE OF PARIS, WITH THE ELECTIONS, AND ENTRY OF THE PRUSSIANS, IN 1870-71, London, printed by A Lewis, Paddington, 1871, 1st edition, signed and inscribed by the author to front free end paper “With my kindest regards, Percival J Brine, Saturday June 29” with the contemporary ownership signature of a “Miss Reid Stewart” above, 169pp + pp adverts at end, 9 plates/maps comprising colour chromofrontis + photographic colour tinted plates of 12 miniature portraits + colour chromoplate “The ambulance flag” + 4 coloured lithoplates comprising “Depart d’un Ballon Poste”; “Interieur ‘d’un Bastion”; “Parlementaire Essuyant le Feu de L’Ennemi”; “Le bombardement” + tinted map of Paris with colour plate legend opposite showing positions of opposing forces, 5 copies only on COPAC, one of which a 2nd edition, British Library states that the book was “printed for private circulation”, original publishers mauve cloth gilt (very worn), all edges gilt, inner joints totally split, small quantity pages at front loose (but all present), cover title states “…from the diary of an eye-witness”, rear cover states “the colour of the auroras in Paris on Octr 24th and 25th 1870, is represented by the binding of this book”, Percival John Brine was born in Southampton in 1821, was a Fellow of Kings College Cambridge BA 1845, MA 1848, and died May 7th 1884, buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London, May 10 1884, a scarce and obscure work, no other signed and inscribed copies known extant
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