Lot 251: Manuscript DS in French, signed "Napoleon," two pages both sides, 8.25 x 11.5, June 20, 1810. Agreement between Napoleon and his brother-in-law Felice Pasquale Baciocci, the husband of his sister Elisa, in which Napoleon purchases Baciocci's estate in Corsica for 30,000 francs. In the same document, Napoleon immediately grants the property to Felix Tusoli, a Corsican peasant who hid Napoleon from the royalists in June 1793. Signed at the conclusion by Napoleon and countersigned by Baciocci. The document is bound into an attractive custom-made thin leather volume. In fine condition, with expected document wear and light soiling. Accompanied by a full English translation.Nearly two decades before signing this document—and only with the help of Felix Tusoli, a distant relative—a young Napoleon escaped certain death at the hands of a Corsican nationalist and returned to the French mainland, where he began his meteoric rise to power. Never forgetting Tusoli's help, Napoleon purchased this estate, 'Pantano,' in 1810 and bestowed it upon Tusoli as a gesture of gratitude. An exceptional document, signed with his rarely seen complete first name, with an equally marvelous story to go along with it.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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