Jun 16, 2022 - Sale 2609

Sale 2609 - Lot 107

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
EMPRESS OF THE FRENCH (NAPOLÉON.) BONAPARTE, JOSÉPHINE. Letter Signed, "LaPagerie Bonaparte," to unnamed nursery proprietor ("Citizen"), in French, acknowledging receipt of his letters and plants, remarking that the plants are delightful ornaments in her garden, promising to make a selection soon from the catalogue he sent, expressing her intention to grow bushes that produce spices, praising the drawings in the book he sent, and describing how to bill the minister of the navy for his services. 4 pages, small 4to, written on a folded sheet; horizontal fold. "Malmaison" [Rueil-Malmaison, 12 May 1801]

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". . . I have the ambition . . . to cultivate [bushes that produce spices] in France and I am prepared to make whatever sacrifices to succeed. . . ."
With--Joséphine Bonaparte. Fragment of a note, unsigned and in secretarial hand, lacking salutation, in French: ". . . recommends to Bonaparte the use of the blue flannel of England; I ask you to have twelve or fifteen . . . purchased and to send them to me . . . .
"I'm sending you a note pertaining to a Citizen whose family is as interesting as unfortunate. Couldn't you arrange that it be delivered to him. I would be infinitely appreciative of any steps you take to this effect." 1/2 page, small 4to. Np, nd.