London: T. C. Newby, (1845). First edition. Bound from the original monthly parts with frontispiece and 39 engraved plates by Robert Cruikshank. Chamerovzow (1816-1875) was both an author and anti-slavery campaigner. This, his first volume of historical romance, was published anonymously early in 1844. Part an intended series, it purported to share the secrets imparted to the author by an old Parisian just before he died. The Bastile series was later continued in THE EMBASSY, OR, THE KEY TO A MYSTERY (1845) and concluded with PHILIP OF LUTETIA, OR, THE REVOLUTION OF 1789 (1848). Oxford DNB. The original 20 monthly parts with the front cover of only Part IV, June 1844 bound in. Original leather binding rebacked retaining the original period boards and marbled endpapers. Newer gilt-stamped brown pebbled imitation leather spine; original polished calf boards ruled and with corner ornaments in gilt; elaborate gilt-stamped inner dentilles; coated marbled endpapers; top edge gilt. Plates show scattered foxing otherwise very good to near fine. Also includes "The Iron Mask, an Episode."