DOMINIQUE JEAN LARREY (1766-1842). Document signed (‘D.J. Larrey’) as surgeon-in-chief of the army, Cairo, ‘27 pluviose an 8’ [16 February 1800], countersigning a statement of sums due to citizen Celieres, a surgeon 2nd class in the army, as an indemnity for the loss of equipment captured by the enemy ‘dans la derniere campagne de Salahié’, to a total of 400 livres: the lost items including 2 overcoats, 2 jackets, 6 handkerchiefs, 2 pairs of shoes, a hat, etc; further countersignature on verso. One page, folio. [with:] two documents entitled ‘Extrait mortuaire’, certifying the deaths of two soldiers in military hospitals in Graz and Pamplona, January and November 1810.
WELLINGTON, THE NAPOLEONIC WARS AND WATERLOO, a commemoration in the 200th anniversary year of the battle of Waterloo (Lots 1-50)
DOMINIQUE JEAN LARREY (1766-1842). Document signed (‘D.J. Larrey’) as surgeon-in-chief of the army, Cairo, ‘27 pluviose an 8’ [16 February 1800], countersigning a statement of sums due to citizen Celieres, a surgeon 2nd class in the army, as an indemnity for the loss of equipment captured by the enemy ‘dans la derniere campagne de Salahié’, to a total of 400 livres: the lost items including 2 overcoats, 2 jackets, 6 handkerchiefs, 2 pairs of shoes, a hat, etc; further countersignature on verso. One page, folio. [with:] two documents entitled ‘Extrait mortuaire’, certifying the deaths of two soldiers in military hospitals in Graz and Pamplona, January and November 1810.

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DOMINIQUE JEAN LARREY (1766-1842). Document signed (‘D.J. Larrey’) as surgeon-in-chief of the army, Cairo, ‘27 pluviose an 8’ [16 February 1800], countersigning a statement of sums due to citizen Celieres, a surgeon 2nd class in the army, as an indemnity for the loss of equipment captured by the enemy ‘dans la derniere campagne de Salahié’, to a total of 400 livres: the lost items including 2 overcoats, 2 jackets, 6 handkerchiefs, 2 pairs of shoes, a hat, etc; further countersignature on verso. One page, folio. [with:] two documents entitled ‘Extrait mortuaire’, certifying the deaths of two soldiers in military hospitals in Graz and Pamplona, January and November 1810.
 
Larrey was the surgeon-in-chief of all of Napoleon’s armies between the Italian campaigns of 1797 and Waterloo in 1815, during which time he transformed the nature of army surgery into a recognisably modern form, with an emphasis on mobility, swift triage and an equal treatment of casualties, regardless of nationality. Larrey was characteristically in the thick of the action at Waterloo, where according to some accounts the Duke of Wellington directed his guns not to fire in his direction; having been captured in the retreat, he was (according to his biographer Leroy-Dupré (1862)), spared execution and released after a personal intervention from Blücher, whose son’s life he had saved during the Austrian campaign.
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The Crumplin Collection.
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