Jun 03, 2014 - Sale 2352

Sale 2352 - Lot 82

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(MASCARENE ISLANDS AND MADAGASCAR.) A superb archive of maps, manuscripts, and early local imprints, spanning more than 50 years of French colonial history in the southern Indian Ocean, and reflecting the extreme danger of some of France's farthest-flung endeavors, especially during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Fairly consistent edge wear and oxidation throughout. sold as is. should be seen to be appreciated. Primarily the Mascarene Islands, 1760s onward.

Additional Details

including among others--ANONYMOUS. [Port Louis.] Folding manuscript plan of the port with explanatory legend, executed in ink and watercolor. 450x840 mm; ink quite oxidized with attendant paper degradation, especially at the border. [Late 18th century?]

GARNIER de FOUGERAI, [JEAN-BAPTISTE]; le CHEVALIER [after]. Plan du Port Louis. Manuscript plan of the port before settlement, executed in ink and watercolor. 490x635 mm; oxidation and slight offsetting of ink with attendant degradation of paper. (See BNF for another manuscript version of the map, but there on vellum.) 1721 [but later]

MAISONNEUVE, J. Carte de Maurice. Lithographed folding map of Mauritius printed on the island. 650x530 mm; chips and tears into the margins, and elsewhere in the image. P. Louis, 1859

plus--A group of additional maps and plans of parts of Mauritius, executed on architectural vellum and tracing paper. Probably from earlier sources.

DUC de PRASLIN, CÉSAR GABRIEL de CHOISEUL. Autograph letter regarding the precarious social climate in the colony. "Messieurs. . . les revolutions arrives En Cette Colonie dans les affaires de la Compagnie. . ." 1767

MALATRIC, ANNE-JOSEPH-HIPPOLYTE de MAURÈS de. Group of 8 autograph manuscripts by "Le Citoyen President" and "Sauveur de la Colonie," regarding the governing of the islands during the French Revolution. Ile de France, 1793-94

(MADAGASCAR COLONY-BARON DE BENYOWZKY.) Two autograph letters on the Baron's letterhead regarding the supplies needed for his Madagascar colony, including tens of thousands of seeds for coffee and cotton. Tall 4to. Offsetting of ink and wear at edges.

(MAURITIUS CAMPAIGN.) Two autograph manuscripts related to the precarious position in which the French colonists found themselves during the Mauritius campaign of 1809-1811. "Croyez, Messieurs, que Sa Majesté L'Empereur, Saura apprécier ce nouvel acte de Votre dévouement. . ." Dampstain and loss at right edge. Ile de France, 31 8bre 1809

(EARLY IMPRINTS.) A group of 10 Mascarene 18th century (or very early 19th century) imprints, mostly in the form of government announcements and declarations, relating to the French Revolution and the events immediately preceding it. Also includes items relating to Bailly de Suffren and his campaign in India. Tall 4to or 12mo. 1780s-1801

plus--A large group of additional printed and manuscript material related to the same subjects.