Lot 983: Napoleon I

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Lot 983: Napoleon I: (1769-1821) Emperor Of France 1804-14, 1815. Rare N.S., Bonaparte, To The Lower Part Of A L.S., Alex Dumas, One Page, Folio, Cairo, 13Th September 1798, In French. The Document Sent From The Cairo Headquarters Is A Request Signed By Thomas-Alexander Dumas Addressed To General-In-Chief Bonaparte. Dumas, In His Capacity As General Of Division, States 'Citizen General, I Send You A Request Of The Veterinarians; Which I Consider Righteous, And I Kindly Ask You To Grant. Salutations And Respect'. Napoleon'S Response Is Dated The Following Day, 14Th September 1798. A Bold Example Of Napoleon'S Signature. An Unusual Document Featuring An Early Signature By The Future Emperor Alongside Alexandre Dumas' One. Some Overall Age Wear And Creasing To The Upper Border A Few Small Tears To The Edges, One Repaired, And A Very Small Area Of Paper Loss To The Bottom Corner, None Affecting The Text Or Signatures. G Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762-1806) Father And Grandfather Of The Illustrious Writers. French General. The Highest-Ranking Black Man Of All Time In A European Army, And The First To Become General-In-Chief Of A French Army. Dumas Served As Commander Of The French Cavalry Forces On Napoleon'S Egyptian Campaign. In August 1798, Shortly Before The Present Letter Was Written, Dumas Discovered A Significant Cache Of Gold And Jewels Beneath A House In Cairo, Which He Turned Over To Napoleon, And A Little Later, In October, He Put Down An Anti-French Revolt In Cairo By Charging Into The Al-Azhar Mosque On Horseback. Dumas Died At The Age Of 43 In Deep Poverty. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £1200-1500
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