NAPOLÉON III. Set of 3 pieces addressed to... - Lot 31 - Osenat

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NAPOLÉON III. Set of 3 pieces addressed to... - Lot 31 - Osenat
NAPOLÉON III. Set of 3 pieces addressed to archaeologist, numismatist and museum curator Félicien Caignart de Saulcy. 1860-1861. THE HISTORY OF JULES CESAR (1865), A GREAT WORK OF HISTORIOGRAPHY AND AN INSTRUMENT OF IMPERIAL PROPAGANDA. The emperor had already demonstrated his taste for history, notably in his publications on artillery. The image of Caesar had been severely damaged in the first half of the 19th century by authors such as Franz de Champagny and Alphonse de Lamartine, and the idea of defending a figure such as Caesar had quickly taken root in his mind. The emperor therefore decided to commission a number of scholars and literary figures, including Félicien CAIGNART DE SAULCY, Prosper Mérimée, Victor Duruy and Alfred Maury, to write a scholarly work. While the preface clearly asserts the apologetic approach in favor of an imperial regime, and the historical construction highlighting the Romans' mission to civilize the Gauls is ideologically biased, the scientific value of the historical research carried out at the time is recognized today. - Autograph note. [Paris, April 17, 1860]. "MAP OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AT THE TIME OF CAESAR'S DEPARTURE FOR GAUL. Dye in pink all that was Roman province, in green all that was allied, without color all that was independent" (1/2 p. in-8, embossed letterhead with his crowned initial). Enclosed is an envelope with an autograph note signed by Félicien de Saulcy: "Note written in the hand of Emperor Napoleon III on April 17, 1860, and given to me in the Council Chamber at the Tuileries Palace...". - Letter signed "Napoléon". Palais de Fontainebleau, June 6, 1861. "My dear Monsieur de Saulcy, I am writing to find out when you will be able to come to Fontainebleau and then to ask you for the following information. Drumann in his history of Julius [Wilhelm Drumann, Geschichte Roms in seinem Übergange von der republikanischen zur monarchischen Verfassung, oder Pompeius, Caesar, Cicero und ihre Zeitgenossen, Kœnigsberg, 1834-1844] says that Vaillant's MEDAL may be regarded as having been struck on the occasion of Caesar's victory over the Lusitanians, when he was praetor in Spain, in the year of Rome 693. I would like to know if you have this medal..." (1/2 p. in-8, envelope preserved with its embossed crowned initial). - Letter signed "Napoléon". Palais de Fontainebleau, June 22, 1861. "My dear Monsieur de Saulcy, since YOU WERE WILLING TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE PRINTING OF THE PLANS FOR MY FUTURE WORK, I would ask you to have me photograph the BUSTES OF CÉSAR which I found listed in the Iconographie romaine by Chevalier [Antoine] Mongez, Paris, 1824. The four busts mentioned by this author on page 19 are: 1° a statue from the Capitol, clad in cuirass and c[h]lamyde; 2° a colossal bust of Caesar in the possession of the King of Naples, which was part of the Farnese collection; 3° the head of a colossal statue in the Capitoline Museum; 4° a bust in black basalt which, in 1824, was conserved in the library of the Château de St-Cloud. As for the medals, you will be very pleased to send me a proof as soon as they are engraved...". (3/4 p. in-8, embossed letterhead with his crowned initial).
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