Friday, February 27, 2009
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Hmmmmmmm. Does that mean the booklet of 20 stamps was worth $1? Canadian?
Or is there another meaning to "canadien?"
No matter. I love the Andy Warhol-like colour collection. Purple Nappy is a favorite.
This is the only stamp that doesn't look like Napoleon at all.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I dragged this book all the way back from Paris. It weighs just under seven pounds, so I have a little neck crick from trying to read it whilst balancing it on my lap. I should have opened it on the dining room table and let something else bear the full weight of it. Also, I should have purchased it on Amazon....where it would have been delivered to my home...at a much discounted price.
The book was edited so that two impressions of Napoleon's life could be gathered under one cover. You hear from either Napoleon's Secretary or his Valet. They each had their own books published after Napoleon's death. This volume pulls together a lot of their words and personal observations. I am enjoying it a great deal because it is full of the type of detail I enjoy. The behind the scenes everyday life of the emperor.
Take for example the valet. His name is Constant. ISN'T THAT A PERFECT NAME FOR A VALET?? This is a painting of Constant. His opening comments are these:
I have seen all the men and witnessed all the important events, which centred around him. I have seen far more than that; for I have had under my eyes all the circumstances of his life, the least as well as the greatest, the most secret as well as those which are known to history.
This book is going to be good.