NAPOLOEON BONAPARTE. Autograph signature ("Bonaparte" with bold flourish) approving a secretarial endorsement, Paris [31 December 1799], 3 x 4 in. approximately, from a larger sheet. Matted with two other partial documents, one signed by Consul Jean Jacque Regis, duc de Cambaceres (1753-1824) the other by Consul Charles Francois Le Brun, duc de Plaisance (1739-1824). [With:] A hand-colored aquatint engraving of The Consulate (Cambaceres, Bonaparte and Le Brun) within a marbleed entablature, incorporating a small scene of a ceremony at court, with engraved 14½ x 11 in., all in a mat and giltwood frame, 25 x 19 in. approximately. In French. Unexamined out of frame.
NAPOLEON AND THE CONSULATE. A fine ensemble, containing the signatures of the three members of the Consulate that Napoleon created in the coup-de-etat of 1799, overthrowing the Directory, naming himself Premier Consul (a crucial step in his progress to the throne).