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1796 Napoleon Bonaparte Signed Letter During the Italian Campaign
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
A fine letter from early in Napoleon's military career when he was proving his mettle as a brilliant military strategist during the 1796 campaign against Austria. Written on Napoleon's personal, engraved letterhead as Commanding General of the Italian Army, with a cartouche design of "Liberté" with her "Liberty Cap," the letter - written in another hand - is signed by Napoleon with the scarce signature "Bonaparte" ("9"). The missive consists of two pages, in French, measuring 8 x 11 inches, and is dated the 14th of Brumaire, Year 5 of the French Republic (November 4, 1796). Addressed to General Baraguay d'Hilliers in Milan, Napoleon orders him to "Have the 40,000 pairs of shoes leave Milan by post, they will engender new orders. I wrote to the Government commissioner for him to send us 4 to 500,000 by post. The commissioner of the place will be personally responsible if after six hours of receiving the shipment at Lelta there are no agents in Verona. I await the Commission Auditor and Chasseloup. Invite the Generals who were sick and are now convalescing to rejoin their posts; consult with the police bureau of Milan to have the officers arrested who have nothing to do in Milan as well as the employees which the city is full of. Make sure that as soon as there are a hundred men available in each of the depots they're dispatched for the locations you indicated in your Austrian letter. Come to the aide of the administrators so that everyone has the honor of presenting themselves to the army now while there are still risks to run." Addressed on the integral address leaf (which is on the reverse of the second page). Apart from a light mark from the original wax seal and small loss on the second page from the same, and very light folds, this letter is as bright and clean as the day it was written. This is an extraordinary representative Napolean signed document, with an exceptionally impressive display value, worthy of the most sophisticated collection. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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