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An Unrecorded Saint-Domingue Incunable
[Antoine Marie], [1764]. [Caption titles:] Extrait des régistres du Conseil du Port-au-Prince. (Séance du 21 Julliet 1764, au matin.) [And:] Extrait des régistres du Conseil Souverain du Port-au-Prince. (Séance du 27 juillet 1754[!], au matin.)Very early, unrecorded Saint-Domingue imprint.Printing in Saint-Domingue origins in the second half of the 18th century. The first printer who established himself on the isle was Antoine Maria (Cabon, 1919). Marie was born in Nantes in 1730 and obtained the exclusive patent and royal privilege for printing in Saint-Domingue in 1762 (see: Brevet d'Imprimeur exclisif, 1762). He arrived on the island in late 1763 and established his printing house in Cap-François (present-day Cap-Haïtien). His first slight pieces of prints were made probably as early as January 1764. Marie's first significant product was the initial issue of the first official journal of the colony, the Gazette de Saint-Domingue (published between February 1 and August 8, 1764), which was continued under the title Avis divers et petites affiches américaines. He continued publishing various newsmagazines and administrative prints in the following years, and soon before his death in December 1767, he opened a second printing house in Port-au-Prince in September 1767. His business was carried on for a short time by Thomin & Le Blanc, and his privilege was transferred to a new printer named Guillot on September 28, 1768 (Bulletin, 1950).Only a very few titles are recorded by this pioneer printer and publisher of Saint-Domingue, and the present one is not among those. From 17 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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