Lot n° 619
2500 - 3000
Result with fees
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[PISTOR Johann Jakob von]
Memoirs on the Polish revolution, found in Berlin. Paris, Galland, 1806. In-8, red morocco, double fillet and lozenge wheel crossing at the corners, cipher in the centre in a circle surrounded by an ermine coat, smooth spine decorated, blue moiré paper endpapers, gilt edges (contemporary binding).
Original edition, decorated with a folding map of Warsaw and a folding map of Poland in 1794. The Memoirs on the Polish Revolution are preceded by a Precis of the causes and events that led to the break-up of Poland (LXXIV pages), which ends with a dedicatory epistle in the form of a letter addressed to Empress Catherine II of Russia. The author, Quartermaster General to the Ambassador and Russian General Igelstrom, reports on the conduct of the Russian troops during the revolution that broke out in Warsaw in 1794.
A copy in morocco in the figure of Caroline Bonaparte.
A handwritten letter from Anatole de MONTESQUIOU, the Emperor's aide-de-camp in Moscow, written in 1840 about a planned military intervention in Poland, and a signed letter from NAPOLÉON to General Clarke on the siege of Danzig are attached.
To better understand the interest of Napoleon's third sister in this book, it is interesting to consider that in 1806, the year of its publication, Caroline Bonaparte was working to be granted the kingdom of Poland by Napoleon, who distributed the conquered territories to his brothers and sisters. Poland had formally disappeared since 1796. But the Grande Armée, victorious at Austerlitz, seemed unstoppable in its march through Eastern Europe and a large Polish émigré diaspora, often engaged in Napoleon's armies, pleaded for the restoration of this state divided between France's coalition enemies.
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