- Louis-Pierre Anquetil, L'Histoire de France vol 1 1805
- Signal code book from St Helena September 1815
- 24 prints, water-colours and engravings, including Napoleon and Saint Helena 1756-1839
- Estate valuation 1784
- Correspondence, including concerning the Bonaparte family 1804-1855
- Napoleon II's exercise book 1825
- Papers of Carlo Bonaparte undated
- Miscellaneous French documents, including marriage and import licences, commissions and Award of the Legion d'Honneur 1796-1813
- Obituary 1863
- Map, newspaper report and manuscript concerning Battle of Waterloo 1815
Papers of Burt Eddy Taylor, 1928-1969, American book collector
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 559 MS 11
- Dates of Creation1780-1855
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1.0 metre
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821 ), statesman, was born on Corsica and he was sent to a French military academy at Brienne and the Ecole Militaire, Paris. In 1785 he was commissioned a second lieutenant of artillery. He was given command of the French Army of Italy and in 1798 he invaded Egypt. In 1799 he returned to France and overthrew the government, becoming First Consul of France. He drew up the Code Napoleon (1804 ) which remains the basis of civil law in France and other countries. In 1802 he became Consul for Life and in 1804 he crowned himself Emperor. He freed himself from his childless marriage with Josephine Beauharnais in 1809 and in 1810 he married Marie-Louise, one of the daughters of Francis I, Emperor of Austria. From 1812 he was in control of most of Europe but was fiercely resisted by Great Britain. Following a failed invasion of Russia in 1812, he was gradually pushed back to Paris and in 1814 he was forced to abdicate and was exiled to Elba. The new French king, Louis XVIII, proved to be unpopular and in 1815 Napoleon again advanced on Paris but was defeated at Waterloo by an allied army led by the Duke of Wellington. The British exiled Napoleon to St Helena, until his death in 1821 .
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.
Conditions Governing Access
Gift: Burt Eddy Taylor: 1969
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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 559 procedures
Held by Burt Eddy Taylor's family from 1928 or 1929 and obtained from Gabriel Welles, rare book dealer, New York.
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.
Fonds level description compiled by H M Kemp and Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project, 10 May 2002.