Thanks, Rod. Essays and proofs are listed in varyingdetail by Yvert and Maury catalogues, but I couldn't find the Bonaparte essays there. Given the dates, perhaps an 1864 anniversary production? The Prince Imperial essays here were, I think, made available around 1902, long after the production of the originals.
Hi all. I had not posted any of my French stamps in a while (though I have been working away). A few completed pages and some new additions. I had been waiting for my last Merson issue which took FOREVER to arrive. That might be my favorite page. The Marianne's are looking very nice as well.