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Britannicus To Buonaparte. An Heroic Epistle, With Notes. By Henry Tresham, Esq. R.A. - [Epigraph] -

Henry Tresham RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed By W. Bulmer And Co. Cleveland-Row, St. James's, For The Author; And Sold By J. Hatchard, Opposite Albany-Place, Piccadilly; And All The Other Booksellers., 1803.

Physical Description

[2], vii, [1], 43, [1] p., frontis.; 258 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as designed by Tresham and engraved by Gillray. It carries the imprint, 'Publish'd Novr. 1st. 1803 for the Author by I. Hatchard, No.199 Piccadilly, London'.

The printer's name is repeated in the colophon.

The work is dedicated by Henry Tresham to Lord Hawkesbury [then British Foreign Secretary; afterwards 2nd Earl of Liverpool].


The context of this work is surveyed in J. Ashton, English caricature and satire on Napoleon I (1888). Gillray's career is described in D. Hill, Mr Gillray the caricaturist (1965).

Summary Note

The frontispiece shows Napoleon Bonaparte gesturing despairingly towards a statue of the Nile. It has been coloured by hand.


Front pastedown of the pink wrapper carries the 19th-century bookplate of John Yenn with his device and motto, 'Confido'. The title page is inscribed in pencil, 'John Yenn RA'.

Binding Note

19th-century pink card wrapper, upper cover carrying label printed 'Britannicus To Buonaparte; An Heroic Epistle, With Notes. By Henry Tresham, Esq. R.A.' Within 19th-century red cloth-covered boards, half red morocco, spine lettered 'Britannicus To Buonaparte By H. Tresham' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


French - Egypt - History - 19th century
French - France - British - Great Britain - Foreign relations - Wars - History - 19th century
Drawings - Caricatures - Great Britain - 19th century
English poetry - Satires - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Hand coloring - Great Britain - 19th century