Lot 252: Partly-printed DS in French, signed "Np," one page, 12.75 x 18.25, February 18, 1813. Untranslated ship's paper issued for "La Neptune," commanded by R.R. Defager out of Amsterdam bound for a port in Great Britain, laden with a variety of goods including cheese, grain, and other exports. Prominently signed at the conclusion in the center by Napoleon, and countersigned by Secretary of State Pierre Antoine Noel Bruno, Minister of Manufacturing and Commerce Jean-Baptiste Collin de Sussy, and Minister of the Navy and Colonies Denis Decres. Matted and framed to an overall size of 26 x 19.5. Intersecting folds repaired with toned tape (the central vertical fold passing through the second letter of the signature), small edge tears, and soiling, otherwise very good condition. This document dates to just months after Napoleon returned from his disastrous Russian campaign. A month later, Great Britain—the destination of this ship—declared war against France as part of the Sixth Coalition that defeated Napoleon and sent him to his first exile in Elba in 1814. Oversized.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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