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ORDONNANCE CONCERNANT LES LEGS PIES & LES LIBERTES ACCORDEES PAR TESTAMENT [caption title]
[Martinique, 1767. Small quarto. Gathered signatures. Minor dampstaining to inner margin. Very good. In a clamshell box. A very rare and early imprint from the island of Martinique regarding the handling of slaves to be freed after the death of their owners. These ordinances outline the protocol for executors of wills to follow pertaining to slaves. Heirs of these estates were blatantly ignoring this area of the testaments which the author of this text clearly abhors, classifying them as "driven by their own greed." The orders declare that all who wish to retain freed slaves must submit their request, along with the deceased's will, to the government for review and those who ignore this decree will be fined £500. The ordinances were to be printed and posted in every parish on the island. The first recorded printing on the island is by Bradford Swan in 1784, but we have handled several imprints from the 1760s, and have seen in commerce an imprint from as early as 1762. This is, therefore, among the earliest Caribbean imprints this firm has handled. As with virtually everything to do with early Caribbean imprints, the story of printing on Martinique remains shrouded in mystery. Rare, and evidently unrecorded.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2016-04-13           Check availability:      Biblio    

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