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LOUIS XVIII - anti-Napoleon Pamphlet 1815

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[LOUIS XVIII –  PAMPHLET]

“Appel aux Francais. Buonaparte et la guerre. Les Bourbons et la paix.”

8pp. 8vo in French, Nice, 22 June 1815.                 

A remarkably splenetic work, which deserves a place in any collection of Napoleonic material.

Dated four days after Waterloo, but evidently written before the event, or at least before the news had reached Nice, it starts as a call to arms (“Francais, aux armes!”), but immediately sounds a false note, “Cartouche has escaped his banishment”. Cartouche, a famous early eighteenth century outlaw, may indeed have been an outlaw, but, in the spirit of Dick Turpin or Robin Hood, he was known as the scourge of the well-to-do and often the defender of the poor. The analogy of Cartouche with Napoleon is an amusing faux-pas.

The pamphlet goes on to extol “Louis le Désiré” [Louis the Desired] as he was often known, as well as the “virtue and magnanimity” of kings such as Louis XII and the “good Henri” – cleverly citing two of the most popular and effective kings of France over the centuries. The author may, however, be thought to exaggerate when he asks the people to rally to the Bourbons where they will find “that innate goodness, that unsullied probity, that love of the people, that candour, that respect for religion, that feeling of honour and true glory” which characterise them.

Citing the excesses of the revolution, the author hardly minces his words when he describes the Directoire as an “abortion”, but worse follows: “it only lacked to your wretched enslavement to have for a leader … a Corsican”.

The character-assassination of Napoleon which follows does occasionally hit home, accusing him of abandoning his troops in Egypt, Spain, Moscow and Leipzig, and of the notorious murder of the duc d’Enghien.

The final one and a half pages, calling on the people to “bless the paternal goodness” of their king, are printed in smaller type, as the printer apparently found himself running out of the space for this diatribe. By the end of this argument one cannot help but feel that the people are being called upon to return to a state of child-like obedience to the “paternal” care of the monarch.

Small stain at the upper right-hand corner of the first page, but this roughly-printed pamphlet is otherwise in very good condition.

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