Napoleon Bonaparte

Emperor of the French, 1759-1821

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European affairs for over a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, rapidly gaining control of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815.

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Napoleon

Kaiser der Franzosen (1769-1821). A single hair, cut off on his deathbed. [St. Helena. In zeitgenössisch beschriebenem Umschlag. Beiliegend ein weiterer, gleichfalls zeitgenöss. beschr. Umschlag.
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"Hair | of Napoleon Bonaparte I. | The Great | Emperor of France | Cut off on his deathbed" - "Napoleon's Hair given Lord Queensberry by Dr Arnot [sic] who attended him on his death Bed at St. Helena".

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Emperor of the French (1769-1821). Autograph letter (fragment). N. p. 4to. ¾ p.
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Final page of the broullion of a letter to an unidentified recipient, possibly to M. Perrier, director of the arsenal of Marseille, or Sucy, commissaire des guerres. The letter, which contained extensive instructions on the deployment of artillery, was obviously written at the end of 1793 or in early 1794, immediately after the Fall of Toulon, when the Republicans won an early victory over a Royalist rebellion and Napoleon was "inspecteur des côtes". The fragment preserved here begins with the words "Le fondeur est", which are struck out, then continues: "Roux, fondeur, ést venu me demander que l'on fixe le prix de sa journée.

La municipalité doit fixer le maximum sur cet objet, comme sur tant d'autres. Je crois qu'il vaut mieux payer tant par quintal de balles que par jours. Vous pouvez, pour cela, faire fixer la journée qui doit toujours être l'élément de toutes les mesures". - Lower left corner torn off (not touching text); some brownstaining, otherwise a perfect sheet. Once in the collection of André de Coppet (1892-1953), now stored at the Firestone Library, Princeton..

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Emperor of the French (1769-1821). Autograph executive order, signed twice ("Bonaparte"). [Cairo]. Folio (ca. 230:335 mm). Manuscript document in French and Arabic. 1 page.
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Napoleon's order is inscribed and signed in his own hand on a petition from Sheikh Mohammad al-Mahdi, on behalf of the Divan (written on the lower half of the page, with the stamp of the Divan at the bottom), regarding one Sheikh Ahmed ben Ûleieh, who has been detained on suspicion of committing a "prétention de caffé" against Adbullah Bacha. Mohammad al-Mahdi declares that, whoever might be the owner of the "caffé" in question, Sheikh Ahmed himself ("homme de bien") has never had any contact with Abdullah Bacha, and that he feels sure that Napoleon (as "Général-en-chef") would not wish to create dissension amongst people who have nothing to do with the matter.

Indeed, Napoleon orders the release of Sheikh Ahmed ben Ûleieh: "[...] Le commandant de la place faira sortir le dit homme et mettre en liberte, Bonaparte [...]". The contemporary French translation and Napoleon's two-line autograph reply, with instructions to have the complaint from the Divan forwarded to Citoyen Poussielgue, are written above the Arabic text, on 29 Brumaire. - Whilst documents signed by Napoleon are not uncommon, this manuscript contains an executive order in his hand, signed twice. It is also notable for the presence of the substantial letter from Mohammad al-Mahdi in Arabic, to which he is responding, complete with the stamp of the Divan at the foot of the page. - Light browning to upper margin, otherwise in excellent condition..

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