ORDONNANCE CONCERNANT LES FONCTIONS DE LA MARÉCHAUSSÉE [caption title]
by [Martinique]: [Guadeloupe]
Martinique: Pierre Richard, 1764. 8pp. Small quarto. Folded sheets. Lightly creased. Near fine. Incredibly early and unrecorded imprint from the island of Martinique, regarding the establishment of a constabulary in Guadeloupe. Passed by the Governor of Guadeloupe (François-Charles de Bourlamaque, who remained in office one year, due to sudden death) and the Intendant (Louis Thomassin Peinier), this ordinance regulates the establishment of a constabulary company in Guadeloupe. Among the thirteen articles, several concern the arrest of fugitive slaves. No copies in the Catalogue Collectif de France or in OCLC. The first recorded printing on the island is by Bradford Swan in 1784, but we have handled one other imprint from 1764 and several from later in the 1760's, 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 perhaps a unique survival. (Inventory #: WRCAM49588)
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