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The Book of Fate / Formerly in the Possession of Napoleon Later Emperor of France and Now First Rendered Into English from a German Translation, of an Ancient Egyptian Manuscript, Found in the Year 1801, by M Sonnini, in one of the Royal Tombs, Near Mounty Libycus, in Upper Egypt. 23rd edition. 8vo. Maroon boards. Fold-out frontispiece with Oraculum charts, "Questions which may be put to the Oracle." The Oraculum was discovered in one of the Royal tombs of Egypt during an 1801 French military expedition and, at Napoleon's request, was translated by the German scholar. It was Napoleon's most closely-guarded secret and his book accompanied him everywhere he went, consulting it on many aspects of his life. It was found among his personal possessions after the defeat of his army at Leipzig in 1813 and first translated into English in 1822. It was republished frequently, as this 23rd edition in a ten-year period attests. Title-label tipped onto front board. Generally good condition but with a 1.5-inch split to the top front hinge and 1/4" to rear hinge. Internally sound but shaken at the front hinge. A 2-inch closed tear in the fold-out chart at frontis. Nevertheless, a clean copy with very little foxing.