Mémoires du général Baron de Dedem de Gelder (1774 - 1825).
Octavo (23 x 14.5 cm), glazed cherry calfskin half-binding. Spine with raised bands, compartments adorned with an imperial eagle. Modern binding. In very good condition, despite minor rubbing on the spine, and some scattered foxing (see photos).
Rotogravure portrait in frontispiece.
Antoine Baudouin Gisbert Van Dedem Van de Gelder (1774 - 1825), was a Dutch general and diplomat of the First Empire.
These very interesting and, moreover, well annotated memoirs consist of three parts. In the first, Dedem, son of the ambassador of the United Provinces in Constantinople, makes an account of what he saw in the Middle East; the trip he took to Egypt with Fauvel is particularly endearing. The second part presents him as the plenipotentiary minister to King Louis of Holland near the King of Westphalia and the King of Naples; the portrait of King Jerome and the figures surrounding him is alive; the description of the Court of Piombino is racy; the painting of Naples under Murat is instructive. The third part depicts Dedem becoming, from major-general in the service of Holland, brigadier general in Napoleon’s armies and holding his new role so well that he is surprised and angry that he is not division general.
“The diplomatic mission in Westphalia and Naples, the annexation of Holland and the Russia Expedition, the German Campaign. Many details on the French atrocities in Russia, the retreat, the death of Duroc, the desertion of Jomini judged very severely.” (Tulard, 1452)
- Number of Books
- Biography, History, War history
- Author/ Illustrator
- Antoine-Baudoin Gisbert
- Book Title
- Mémoires du Général Baron de Dedem de Gelder
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Half leather
- Number of pages
- 23×14.5 cm