Essai Sur l,histoire naturelle de. St. Domingue. Avec figures en Taille Douce. Jean Barthelemy Maximilien Nicolson.
Essai Sur l,histoire naturelle de. St. Domingue. Avec figures en Taille Douce
Scarce Book on The Natural History of Saint-Domingue

Essai Sur l,histoire naturelle de. St. Domingue. Avec figures en Taille Douce

A Paris: Chez Gobreau Libraire Quai des Augustins, M.DCC.LXXVI [1776]. In contemporary leather. Engraved title page with a simple map and landscape. Illustrated with 10 engraved plates by Pierre-Joseph Moithey. Spine with raised bands, compartments gilt, with title vignette. xxxj [1] 374 [2] p. and 10 folding engraved plates. Rubbed at extremities, corners bumped. Spine partly detached at the joint at the head. Shelfmark vignette on spine. Overall in very good condition.

First edition of this scarce work on Saint-Domingue.

(Two unrelated works bound together, see description below.)

Jean Barthelemy Maximilien Nicolson (1734–1773) served as the Dominican superior in the French colony of Saint-Domingue for four years between 1769 and 1773. His work on the natural history of the island was published posthumously in 1777. The book is divided into seven chapters, and providing a geographical description, and a summary of the island's government, administration, church, commerce, industries, population, and general statistics. Reporting about the earthquake of June 3, 1770, and the hurricane of August 1772. Nicolson criticizes the acts of violence committed against slaves.

The bulk of the work concerns botany, giving a list of about 400 plants observed by Nicolson, with their common names, descriptions according to their Linnaean names, their practical uses, and medicinal properties, among them the sugarcane which was first brought to the island by Columbus on his second voyage to Hispaniola in 1493. The last chapters are about the fauna of Saint-Domingue and a chapter on the archeological investigation of the extinct Arawaks. The book is illustrated with a title-frontispiece and ten folding plates of plants, crustaceans, shells, fishes, insects, lizards, and antiquities, engraved by Pierre-Joseph Moithey.

Sabin 55259; Palau 190491; Nissen, Zool. 2973; - Pritzel 6695; Brunet 4550; Quérard VI, 416 Literature: McClellan, I. I. I. J. E. (2010). Colonialism and Science: Saint Domingue and the Old Regime. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

[Bound with:]

[Vincent, N. (Pomponne?)]

Lettres d’un membre du Congrès Amériquain, a divers membres du Parlement d’Angleterre.

A Philadelphie, Et se Trouve, A Paris: Chez l’Auteur maison de M. Bertin, Marchand Papetier, rue Saint-Martin, au coin de celle Grenier-Saint Lazare, M.DCC.LXXIX [1779]. [4] 108 p.

First edition. In fine condition.

This scarce pamphlet relates to the commercial relations between England and her American colonies, in a form of a correspondence between “Antoine A…” a member of the Congress, and various members of the Parliament of England designates by initials only. A second edition appeared in 1781 under the title L'Amériquain aux Anglois, ou Observations d'un membre des Etats-Unis de l' Amérique à divers ministres d’Angleterre. Sabin 99759.

Price: €3,500.00

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