Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 4,560
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
ANOTHER VARIANT OF THE SLAVESHIP HOLD (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) STOKES, ROBERT. Regulated Slave Trade. From the Evidence of Robert Stokes, Esq. Given before the Select Committee of the House of Lords, in 1849. With a plate of the British Slave Ship Brookes during the Regulated Slave Trade. Large folding plate of the hold of the Brookes, 22-1/2 x 17 inches, showing the appalling conditions under which Africans were transported; several archival paper repairs to the reverse; creases where folded, otherwise bright and fresh. 24 pages of text. Crown 8vo, original cloth covered flexible boards, stitched with hand-written label on the upper cover. London, 1851

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uncommon version of the hold of the slave ship brookes, not conforming to any of the previous versions dating from 1789 to 1811. This pamphlet was the result of the efforts of a group of British businessmen who were obviously "lobbied" by their counterparts in Brazil, to get support for "regulated" slave trade to Brazil, as opposed to the total interdiction of the trade. The preposterous argument was made by those in favor, that there would be less loss of life during the "Middle Passage" if it were "regulated" and left up to the Brazilians themselves, than if it were left to pirates and privateers. By this they meant to remove the patrolling cruisers from the coast of West Africa, and instead, put "regulators" in their place who would see to it that the slaves were properly stowed on the various decks. By mid-century all of the larger nations and most of the smaller ones were signatories to the 1807 ban on the African slave trade. Even Spain with slavery in her Caribbean colonies agreed not to take more slaves out of Africa. Only Brazil and privateers continued.