Handwritten manuscript fragment in French, unsigned, one page, 7.75 x 2, no date but circa 1818. A five-line excerpt from a draft of Napoleon’s memoirs, concerning a military campaign by two of his greatest marshals, Messena and Augereau. In full (translated): “From the same night of the 8th to the 9th the commander in chief moved with the Messena and Augereau divisions by Cadibone sur Montinotte and at break of day Argenteau, surrounded on every side was attacked in front.” Napoleon’s writing is confined to the left half of the page, with his secretary Louis Marchand writing in the other column. The reverse bears a transcription of Napoleon’s notes penned by Emmanuel de Las Cases. Inlaid into a larger sheet. A few vertical folds, scattered creases, and light show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition.
Napoleon Handwritten manuscript fragment in French