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BOURRIENNE, Louis Antoine Fauvelet de.
Mémoires. sur Napoléon, le Directoire, le Consulat, l'Empire et la Restauration.
Paris: Ladvocat, 1829. Paris: Ladvocat,, 1829. 10 volumes, octavo (203 x 125 mm). Contemporary greyish-brown calf, spines with decorative blind stamped centre tools, olive green labels, sides with gilt two-line frame enclosing concentric blind panels of interlocking scrolls and anthemion roll, gilt edge roll, French Shell pattern marbled edges and endpaper, gilt foliate roll to turn-ins. Publisher's woodcut device to titles. Bindings a little worn at extremities, vol. I foot of spine chipped with loss, a few joints partially split but sound, general foxing. An attractive set. First edition. Bourrienne (1769-1834), diplomat and one-time secretary to Napoleon, "claimed to have been a friend of the future emperor at the military school of Brienne. In the early 1790s he served the Revolutionary government as a diplomat in Germany. He was called to Italy by Napoleon in the negotiations with Austria (May–October 1797) and helped with the drafting of the Treaty of Campo Formio. In 1804 Bourrienne was sent to Hamburg in order to conduct French commercial war measures against Britain. He amassed a considerable fortune in his questionable trade dealings in that post and was recalled in disgrace (1813). During Napoleon's return from exile (March 1815), Bourrienne supported the Bourbon cause and the restoration of Louis XVIII (July 1815)" (Britannica). In his acclaimed biography of Napoleon, Vincent Cronin is rather more colourful, "Bourrienne embezzled half a million francs from Napoleon, had to be posted abroad, where he embezzled a further million, and finally had to be dismissed t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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