Napoleon Bonaparte Partly Printed Document Signed as First Consul of France. One page, on vellum in French, 9.25" x 13", Paris, "16 Germinal l'an 11 [April 5 or 6, 1803]". This military appointment, naming one Simon Didier Gombert a Sub-Lieutenant in the French Army, is boldly signed by Napoleon Bonaparte during his tenure as First Consul of the Republic.

    Issued by the "Départment de la Guerre," the document is headed " République Française " and features an attractive engraved vignette of a seated goddess bearing the legends "au nom du peuple Français" and "Bonaparte, 1er Consul de la République." The appointment expresses "confidence in the valor and loyalty of Citizen Gombert" and includes a handwritten description of Gombert's "Detail of Service." The First Consul has affixed his one-name signature at lower center: "Bonaparte." Countersigned by Minister of War Alexander Berthier and by Secretary of State Hughes Joseph Maret. Some faint age toning, else very fine.

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