A collection of old books was presented to us by a couple of young men who said they needed to clean up their house one lazy summer afternoon. The books were kept in a wooden box, which the pair brought along as well, which was a good thing because the books inside were in a delicate condition. When we opened the box and took a closer look at one of the books, we were surprised by what we found-on the inside cover of one of the books was an inscription in French, which translates to, Napoleon Bonaparte, Commandant General.
Immediately, we checked a few more of the books, and most, if not all of them, had the same inscription. We came to the conclusion that this could be part of Napoleon Bonaparte’s library. It is well known that the great French general, who would later become French Emperor, is an avid lover of books. If this is true, then we have stumbled upon another treasure with a lot of history behind it. In this line of work, it is not uncommon to encounter such special events.
In the end, the duo who brought us the books decided to part with those books at a reasonable price, as they had no need for it and they intended to get rid of it anyway. They had no interest in keeping it. All parties agreed it is for the best of everyone concerned.
After carefully cleaning up each book and restoring them to their old luster, the books are finally on display at our in house “museum” of artifacts and great finds. If one day an interested person comes in and offers a good price for it, we might consider parting with it. But for now, we are enjoying every moment reading books once a upon a time read by the great Napoleon Bonaparte.