Digital Library

The documents digitised by the Fondation Napoléon (listed here) are full searchable, and any images can be viewed using the high resolution zoom feature.

  • Lecomte, (L.H.), Napoléon et le monde dramatique, (1912)

    Lecomte, (L.H.), Napoléon et le monde dramatique, (1912)

    • Paris
    • Daragon
    • 1912

    The history of all aspects of the theatre (musical and dramatic) during the Consulate and Empire. An appendix gives a chronological list of all the shows seen by Napoleon Bonaparte. Indispensable guide to the Parisian theatrical and musical world for the period 1799 to 1815. [This document is also available as en epub file]

  • Notice sur l’île d’Elbe, (1814)

    Notice sur l’île d’Elbe, (1814)

    • Paris
    • Tardieu-Denesle
    • 1814

    Containing a description of the island’s towns, augmented with a description of « Buonaparte’s » [sic] voyage to the place of his embarcation. [This document is also available as en epub file]

  • Correspondance de l’armée française en Egypte, interceptée par l’escadre de Nelson, (1798)

    Correspondance de l’armée française en Egypte, interceptée par l’escadre de Nelson, (1798)

    • Paris
    • Garney
    • An VI [1798]

    Selection of official and private letters intercepted at different times by Turkish and British warships, published by the British government in 1798 so as to « open Europe’s eyes » regarding the real reason for the Egyptian expedition and in order to give the true story of this « oriental tale » by publishing the actual experience of […]

  • Mehlisse (E.G.C.), [Liste de prisonniers français], (1826)

    Mehlisse (E.G.C.), [Liste de prisonniers français], (1826)

    • Paris
    • Henri Guillemé
    • 1826

    Tableau of the 16,000 soldiers who fought for France taken prisoner in the period 1810 to 1814 (Russia, Poland and Germany), including a list of all the those soldiers (out of the 16,000) still alive and in Russia. [This document is also available as en epub file]

  • Barral, Itinéraire illustré de l’épopée de Waterloo, (189?)

    • Paris
    • Ernest Flammarion
    • [189?]

    This is a historical and military guide to the battlefield, written on the site of the Carré de Cambronne, behind the Belle-Alliance, on the 31st March 1896. It is illustrated with diagrams and sixty drawings, and it includes a precise and detailed itinerary relating the military manoeuvres as well as the men who participated in the battle. It describes the villages that witnessed the clash between armies, and the whole text is dotted with anecdotes. For example, did you know that Wellington’s horse, named Copenhague, who fought 17 hours of straight combat, died from indigestion brought on by a chocolate pudding? This guide, dedicated to the immortal memory of the Grande Armée, can usefully be consulted when attempting to understand not only how Waterloo played out but also the impact of the battle in the following years.

  • Beautemps-Dupré, Description nautique, (1804)

    • Paris
    • Imprimerie de la République
    • Pluviôse an XII [1804]
  • Bénard, Le blocus de Vincennes en 1815, (1881)

    • Paris
    • Albert Philippe
    • 1881
  • Berriat, Législation militaire, (1812)

    • Alexandrie (Italie)
    • Louis Caprioli
    • 1812
    • Tome 1

    Recueil méthodique et raisonné des lois, décrets, arrêtés, règlements et instructions  actuellement en vigueur sur toutes les branches de l’état militaire.

    • Tome 2, première partie