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.
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LS in French, signed “Nap,” one page, 7.25 x 9, October 13, 1810. Letter to the Duke de Feltre, Minister of War General Henri Clarke. In full (translated): “Duke de Feltre, send orders to the 4th Regiment of the line which is in the Boulogne camp, to proceed to Havre, for garrison duty, furnishing the necessary posts in the town of Dieppe. I pray God that he will have you in His Holy guard.” In the text, Napoleon has added, “Dieppe.” In the lower left is pinned a short note in French, 4 x 1.75, possibly in the hand of the Duke de Feltre: “Rec the 14th October and remitted the 15 to M. Gerard.” In fine condition, with central horizontal and vertical folds, with vertical fold passing through a single letter of signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.