Napoléon I.

Napoléon I.

Kaiser der Franzosen (1769-1821). Printed naval patent signed ("Np"). Le palais des Tuileries [Paris]. 490:350 mm. Blankoformular.
$ 4,853 / 4.500 € (33106/BN27891)

Naval patent for an unidentified American boat, counter-signed by trade secretary Jean-Baptiste Henry Collin (1776-1837), state secretary Pierre Antoine Noël Bruno comte Daru (1767-1829), naval secretary Denis Decrès (1761-1820), and the director general of customs. Fine document from the age of the Napoleonic Wars, when the English army had occupied the Iberian Peninsula, fighting against Napoléon's troops, and field marshal Wellington was about to commence his final (and ultimately successful) attack.

The present letter patent was issued by the French consul in Charlestown, New York, Boston or Baltimore and permitted American ships to move more or less freely toward France. The British warships were blocking the U.S. ports and obstructing American trade with France - one of the causes for the War of 1812, not resolved until December 1814. - Large reinforced tears to folds; slight edge damage, otherwise in good condition. Left edge trimmed, touching the printed text of the counter-leaf..

buy now

Napoléon I.

Emperor of the French (1769-1821). Autograph manuscript (6½ lines). Saint Helena. 102 x 103 mm. Mounted on a single page (8vo) together with a contemporary handwritten transcription.
$ 26,963 / 25.000 € (72803/BN46860)

Notes on the Battle of Voltri (1796): "Rampon et la Harpe [-] par le Gal en chef lui meme la deroute fut complette tout le corps d'Argenteau fut ecrase dans le tem[p]s queu Beaulieu descendait a Voltri ou il ne trouvait plus personne" (transl.: "Rampon and la Harpe - by the commanding General himself - defeat was complete - all of d'Argenteau's corps was erased while Beaulieu descended to Voltri, where he found nobody left"). - With a certification of authenticity at the bottom: "corrections de la campagne d'Italie écrit par Napoleon à Briars, isle Ste helene en 1815 / Cte.

de Las Cases". Emmanuel, comte de Las Cases and his son accompanied the former emperor to Saint Helena. There, he acted informally but very assiduously as his secretary, taking down numerous notes of his conversations which thereafter took form in the famous "Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène"..

buy now

Napoleon I.

Kaiser der Franzosen (1808-1873). Document signed ("Np"). Kaiserliches Hauptquartier Dresden. 4 SS. auf Doppelblatt. Folio.
$ 4,853 / 4.500 € (77551/BN49996)

An imperial decree constituting the "Corps d'Observation d'Italie", with a total of seven divisions of French, Italian and Neapolitan troops, stating the composition of their infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments in detail: "[...] Art. 1er. Le Corps d'Observation de Vérone prendra le titre de Corps d'Observation d'Italie. Art. 2. Ce corps sera composé de 4 divisions françaises, 2 divisions italiennes et une division français-napolitaine, total 7 divisions. Art. 3. Les sept divisions seront formées ainsi qu'il suit [...]". - Written during the Truce of Pläswitz at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

buy now