1 page, 4to, matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Napoleon. Signed in upper left corner with one-word endorsement: "Approuvé". In French." /> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1769-1821). Autograph endorsement signed ("Nap."), as Emperor of Elba, Portoferraio, [Elba], 10 July 1814. <I>1 page, 4to, matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Napoleon</I>. Signed in upper left corner with one-word endorsement: "Approuvé". In French.|
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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 278

    NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1769-1821). Autograph endorsement signed ("Nap."), as Emperor of Elba, Portoferraio, [Elba], 10 July 1814. 1 page, 4to, matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Napoleon. Signed in upper left corner with one-word endorsement: "Approuvé". In French.

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    NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1769-1821). Autograph endorsement signed ("Nap."), as Emperor of Elba, Portoferraio, [Elba], 10 July 1814. 1 page, 4to, matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Napoleon. Signed in upper left corner with one-word endorsement: "Approuvé". In French.

    THE EMPEROR OF ELBA BIDES HIS TIME FOR HIS 100-DAYS COMEBACK. After being compelled to abdicate his crown as Emperor of France, Napoleon received from the victorious Allied powers control of the small Italian island of Elba, just off the west coast of Italy. He arrived in May 1814 and from Portoferrajo, the island's largest city, held sway over some 110,000 inhabitants. The Allied commissioners permitted him a bodyguard of 400 troops, which expanded to 600. Here he approves an appointment for one of those troops, Sirri Sergeut, a sergeant in the 113th Regiment of Infantry of the Line. While his conquerors thought the Corsican was safely neutralized, Napoleon used his contacts in France to plot his escape. In late February 1815, with a band of 1,000 men, Napoleon returned to France and launched his 100-days campaign, ending with his final defeat at Waterloo--and a much stricter confinement on St. Helena.


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