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Considerations on the art of war. By Baron Rogniat, Lieutenant-General. Paris, Magimel, Anselin, and Pochard. In-8 of [6 ff]-608 p., contemporary fawn half calf binding, gilt spine and cold gilt ornamented, marbled edges, modern black chagrin box lined with fawn suede. Very precious copy from the Emperor's personal library in St. Helena. Napoleon, who was wounded raw, annotated and underlined with his hand more than 100 different passages from this book where one of his officers criticized him violently. The copy bears an ex-libris handwritten by General BERTRAND, in brown ink on the false title page: "The Emp. Nap. "; and, on the title page, the ink stamp of the imperial library on St. Helena has been opposed. The book bears 188 autograph annotations from Napoleon's hand in graphite pencil. Joseph Rogniat (1776-1840) had the rank of colonel in 1808, when the Spanish War began. He distinguished himself during the capture of Zaragoza, which led to his appointment as Brigadier General. He was so effective during the siege of Tortosa that he was promoted to the rank of Major General shortly afterwards. During the campaign of 1813, he led the fortifications of Dresden. He was made baron of the Empire and appointed first engineer of the army. After the fall of the Empire in 1814, he immediately joined the provisional government and became the first Inspector General of Engineering, responsible for supervising the country's strongholds. In 1816, he presided over the council of war that sentenced General Brayer to death. His Considerations on the Art of War opens with general remarks on the organisation of troops and the way of fighting. However, they are illustrated with examples taken from Napoleon's campaigns, and reading the table gives an idea of their content: "Vice of Napoleon's march on Waterloo" (chap. X), "Vice of Napoleon's campaigns in Moscow, Saxony and Austerlitz" (chap. XIV). Napoleon was wounded and revolted by the reading of th
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