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Norske3
12-01-2005, 08:13 AM
web page (http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article330450.ece)

uncas
12-01-2005, 08:18 AM
Norske3
Have two interesting books on the subject...

Bonaparte and the French People 1804...not a first edition but...

and

Paris During the Interesting month of July, 1815
a series of letters to a friend in London...
pub. 1815

Norske3
12-01-2005, 08:29 AM
Where did you find them?...here in the US?

uncas
12-01-2005, 08:31 AM
Yup...Some little dusty shop....I don't think the owner knew what he had...
Collecting can be addictive....

Norske3
12-01-2005, 08:35 AM
Yes....I hit the dusty shops every time I travel the East coast......in 35 years I have built up a nice collection....95% boat subjects :D ....addictive!

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uncas
12-01-2005, 08:39 AM
Well...relativley eclectic when it comes to collecting...
Boats...well a lot of prints...from the 1700-1800...
Then C. and Ives...mostly horses and hunting...
Then pres...letters/autographs...
Books...well The Faire Queen...not a first edition...but....
Archetecture is another subject...and of course history... :D

Trying to get this guy to give/sell me a political tin punched lantern...either 1824 or 1828 with John Q. Adams on it...of course, it is an interesting item in its own right but to me...it is also family...I think this is the appraoch which might work...Hope so. :D

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Stiletto
12-01-2005, 05:08 PM
I had a copy of Bourienne's biography. Bourienne was Napoleon's secretary or equivalent, very interesting first hand account.

Norske3
12-02-2005, 08:18 AM
Prints...boats?...pen ink?
While I was in USAF..mid-sixties...stationed outside Paris for 18 months...I would visit the Louvre and see in their "Prints For Sale" room...piles of pen/ink prints laying on many tables...for a buck or two and didn't have the sense :rolleyes: to buy up and ship home two or three hundred of them for framing and resale at a nice profit.They were quality ....excellent paper...scenes of old world Europe...averaged 12" x 16" size....some nautical.

Then "old Charlie" kicked the US military out.. :mad: ...still mad....and he gave us only 18 months to make the move!....it's a wonder he didn't insist we dig up our dead and ship them home too!....still mad.

uncas
12-02-2005, 08:25 AM
Hindsight...Been there...A long time ago...the great-great grandson of James Fenimore Cooper was cleaning out the cellar...Came upon several thousand checks JFCooper wrote...Asked me if I wanted a few hundred of them...
Now...if nothin' else...lookin' at 500.00 each...
Ah...kick me...kick me again :(

Norske3
12-02-2005, 08:37 AM
oooooh...that would make me sick for a week!

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uncas
12-02-2005, 08:39 AM
For a WEEK!!!!! Still thinkin' about it 25 yrs. later...Hell, he didn't care how many I took...and I said No...... :eek:

Norske3
12-02-2005, 08:44 AM
ooooooooooooooooooooh....I can feel your pain......and the boat you "cudda" bought as a young man....ooooooooooooooooh.

uncas
12-02-2005, 08:45 AM
Oh ya...I could have bought one younger than me...

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-02-2005, 08:54 AM
Good article.

Norske3
12-02-2005, 09:27 AM
Yes Andrew...you English have a reputation for good writing. ;)