Lot 477: 1825 Napoleonic letter, historical debate prompts duel of Bonaparte's former Aide-de-Camp and St. Helena confidante

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Lot 477: Author: Philippe Paul, Comte de Segur; Title: 1825 letter, historical debate prompts duel of Bonaparte's former Aide-de-Camp and St. Helena confidante; Place Published: N/A; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1825; Description: Long Autograph Letter Signed. [Chateau] Bois-Boudran, par Nangis, Seine-et-Marne. August 8, 1825. French text. 4pp. To the Count [Narcisse-Achile] de Salvandy, political writer, historian and later French Minister of Education. With a post-script, possibly in a secretarial hand, in which Segur refers to the "seventh edition of my work."Untranslated, but apparently defends Segur's classic memoir of Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign - during which he was the Emperor's Aide-de-Camp - against an "unjust" attack by General Gaspard Gourgaud, who followed Bonaparte into exile on St. Helena, and subsequently published a "critical examination" of Segur's writing. This led to a duel between the two men, just three weeks before, in which Segur was wounded. He probably wrote this while convalescing at the Chateau of the Greffulhe-Castellane family, east of Paris. A dramatic reminder of conflicting historical memories of the Emperor - just four years after his death - which could lead to violence. Condition: PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $500-800
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