21 March 2005
NAPOLEON I (1769-1821) and Empress JOSEPHINE (1763-1814) -- P. MONGIE aîné (expert). Notice des livres composant la bibliothèque de la Malmaison, provenant de la succession de S.A.R. le Prince Eugène, et qui avait appartenu à Napoléon et à l'Impératrice Joséphine, dont la vente se fera au château de la Malmaison. Paris: Imprimerie de Fain for Casimir Noël, notaire; Maître Regnard, commissaire-priseur; P. Mongie, libraire; M. Quinquet, administrateur du domaine, 1829.
8o (211 x 129 mm). Collation: 1-28. Gold-tooled red morocco binding in the style of the period, lettered on front cover, blue silk liners, edges uncut.
EXTREMELY RARE SALE CATALOGUE OF NAPOLEON'S FIRST LIBRARY, formed by him as First Consul and by his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. Only one book in the sale is mentioned as having Napoléon's arms on the binding (lot 411 the 1789 Sacy Bible) and only one book is bound in morocco (the 72-volume Kehl Voltaire). 419 lots are listed, but most of the library was sold without catalogue starting each session (28-29 June, 5-6 July, 12-13 July). Napoleon's second library, formed with his second wife Empress Marie-Louise, was only rediscovered in 1929, by Martin Breslauer (see following lot).
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