Napoleon’s autobiography published by D’ORO Collection in 2016 is the new edition of the first publication of 1975. It is entirely handmade and available in numbered copies. This Volume is a collection of texts written or dictated by Napoleon himself. It contains a faithful description of his deeds in the grandeur and majesty of his historical times. As the introduction by Edvige Santiné explains, before coming up with the final draft of the work he had sketched out more than fifteen books without disguising any facts, despite the great difficulties.
The text consists of a preface, two introductions written respectively by Victor Hugo and Edvige Santiné and extracts from Napoleon’s diaries, divided into 18 chapters and accompanied by historical and official documents taken from his secretaire by Edvige Santiné herself.
This 253-page book is printed in only 499 numbered copies and contains 82 engravings.
The Napoleone Volume published by D’ORO Collection is entirely handmade using artisan paper with 220 gram thickness. Each page is stitched by master craftsmen using wooden frames of the type used in the Middle Ages. The covers of Napoleone are made of blue leather lined with light blue silk. Two bronze reliefs, gilded by immersion into a 24 Kt gold bath, form the front and back covers.
Napoleon’s profile stands out on the front cover.
A luxury book of unique value, shape and contents – created by merging the ancient bookbinding techniques with the works of great artists of everlasting renown.
Edition: 499 numbered copies
Publishing year: 1975, new edition 2016
ISBN: Handmade book with no ISBN
Publishing House: D’ORO Collection
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte – Introductions by Victor Hugo and Edvige Santinè
Translation: Translation into other languages available upon request
Production: Entirely made in Italy at the D’ORO Collection workshops in the heart of Rome
Number of pages: 253
Size (cm): 32 x 43 x 6
Covers: Book covers and spine in blue leather. Both covers are fully covered by bronze reliefs gilded by immersion into a 24 Kt gold bath.
Gilded bronze reliefs: 2 covers
Inside covers: light blue silk
Paper: Artisan cotton paper, 220 gram thick
Finishes: Hot-stamped logos and titles using 24 Kt gold leaves
Bookmarks: 1 blue leather bookmark
Packaging: The book comes inside a blue velvet and black Moirè silk case
Accompanying accessories: Protective blue velvet bag
Chapter written by Napoleon with his own hand on the Island of Elba
Historical details written by Napoleon with his own hand starting from the siege of Toulon
On religion, his Ministers, the Pope and the Concordat of 1801
The Prussian War, 1807. Alexander I
Map of the Prussian Campaign
On the Spanish War and the three brothers of Bonaparte
On Joséphine, Marie Louise and the War in Russia
Waterloo, my surrender on Bellerophon
Praise at the tomb, recited by Grand Marshal Bertrand
Napoleon’s maxims about the war
Battle of Jena
Dispatch of First Consul Bonaparte to General Massena Commander of the French Army in Italy intercepted by the British
Report on the retreat of the French from Moscow by a Russian soldier
Napoleon’s letters to Joséphine
Battle of Ocaña
Battle of Essling