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NAPOLEON I | early signed letter, as Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior, to the Minister of War, [1796]

Margin Scheme

Estimate:

1,200

to
- 1,800 GBP

NAPOLEON I | early signed letter, as Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior, to the Minister of War, [1796]

NAPOLEON I | early signed letter, as Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior, to the Minister of War, [1796]

Estimate:

1,200

to
- 1,800 GBP

Lot sold:

6,875

GBP

NAPOLEON I


EARLY LETTER SIGNED ("BUONAPARTE"), AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMY OF THE INTERIOR, TO THE MINISTER OF WAR 


in French, asking that Marmont be promoted to "chef de batallion d'artillerie" and made Napoleon's aide-de-camp in place of Songis, who has been appointed to the Comité Central d'Artillerie, and commending Marmont's services in Italy and Germany, 1 page, 4to, printed stationery with vignette ("Armée de l'Intérieur") Paris, 19 nivôse an 4, [9 January 1796] 


The rare early Italian form of Napoleon's signature. Auguste Marmont (1774-1853) was one of Napoleon's trusted commanders who became Duke of Ragusa in 1808 and a Marshal of France in 1809. In 1814 he became notorious in France for surrendering Paris, having contacted the Allies and reaching a secret agreement with them to halt the war. The Minister of War at this time, presumably the addressee, was J.-B. Aubert du Bayet (1759-1797). 

This letter is not in the Correspondance de Napoléon Ier. The last letter included there in which Napoleon uses his original Italian name "[Napoleone di] Buonaparte" is letter no.85 of 11 March 1796.  Shortly after his marriage to Joséphine on 9 March, he began to sign himself as a Frenchman: "Bonaparte".


PROVENANCE:

Sotheby's, 21 May 1998, lot 85 (formerly in the De Coppett collection).


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