Digital Library

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  • Lecomte, (L.H.), Napoléon et le monde dramatique, (1912)

    Lecomte, (L.H.), Napoléon et le monde dramatique, (1912)

    • Paris
    • Daragon
    • 1912

    The history of all aspects of the theatre (musical and dramatic) during the Consulate and Empire. An appendix gives a chronological list of all the shows seen by Napoleon Bonaparte. Indispensable guide to the Parisian theatrical and musical world for the period 1799 to 1815. [This document is also available as en epub file]

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  • Notice sur l’île d’Elbe, (1814)

    Notice sur l’île d’Elbe, (1814)

    • Paris
    • Tardieu-Denesle
    • 1814

    Containing a description of the island’s towns, augmented with a description of « Buonaparte’s » [sic] voyage to the place of his embarcation. [This document is also available as en epub file]

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  • Correspondance de l’armée française en Egypte, interceptée par l’escadre de Nelson, (1798)

    Correspondance de l’armée française en Egypte, interceptée par l’escadre de Nelson, (1798)

    • Paris
    • Garney
    • An VI [1798]

    Selection of official and private letters intercepted at different times by Turkish and British warships, published by the British government in 1798 so as to « open Europe’s eyes » regarding the real reason for the Egyptian expedition and in order to give the true story of this « oriental tale » by publishing the actual experience of […]

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  • Mehlisse (E.G.C.), [Liste de prisonniers français], (1826)

    Mehlisse (E.G.C.), [Liste de prisonniers français], (1826)

    • Paris
    • Henri Guillemé
    • 1826

    Tableau of the 16,000 soldiers who fought for France taken prisoner in the period 1810 to 1814 (Russia, Poland and Germany), including a list of all the those soldiers (out of the 16,000) still alive and in Russia. [This document is also available as en epub file]

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  • Album du colonel Slade [photographies 1879-1886]

      This is a personal photo album of one of the Prince Imperial’s companions-in-arms in South Africa. He accompanied the Empress Eugenie in 1880 during her pilgrimage to Zululand where he took photographs of the memorial at the site of the attack on 1 June 1879.

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    • Ambes (Baron), Mémoires inédits sur Napoléon III : le mémorial de Chislehurst, [1909], vol. I

      • Paris
      • Société des publications littéraires illustrés
      • [1909]
      • vol. I

      This interesting literary hoax, was published two decades after the death of Napoleon III. It is written by a “close friend of the Emperor” in fictionalised form, reproducing the main facts of the reign as they were popularised at the end of the nineteenth century in the Bonapartist circles.

      [English translation here https://archive.org/details/intimatememoirso01ambiala]

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    • Ambes (Baron), Mémoires inédits sur Napoléon III : le mémorial de Chislehurst, [1909], vol. II

      • Paris
      • Société des publications littéraires illustrés
      • [1909]
      • vol. II

      Intéressante mystification littéraire publiée deux décennies après la mort de Napoléon III qui, sous les traits d’un familier de l’empereur et par une forme romancée, reprend les principaux faits du règne tels qu’ils étaient vulgarisés en cette fin du XIXe siècle par le courant bonapartiste.

      Recueillis et annotés par Charles Simond et M.C. Poinsot.

      Illustrations de Roth d’après des documents de l’époque.

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    • Dayot (A.), Le Second Empire, (v. 1890)

      • Paris
      • Ernest Flammarion
      • [189?]

      D’après des peintures, gravures, photographies, objets du temps …

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    • Halt (Robert), Papiers sauvés des Tuileries : suite à la correspondance de la famille impériale, 1871

      • Paris
      • Dentu
      • 1871

      In addition to the Correspondence of the Imperial Family, published in 1870 after the fall of the Empire, Charles Vieu, known as Robert Halt (1828-1896), a member of the Imperial Papers Committee, had these miscellaneous papers published. Essentially letters, they were collected from among the 60,000 items recovered from the fire at the Tuileries Palace.

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