104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2068 | Lot 25
    Price Realized: $2,990With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Sale 2068 Lot 25

      (CUBA.) Group of reports relative to a slave-hunting party led by Don Ramon Maria Dominguez of the city of Trinidad. Consists of 8 separate reports, written on 17 pages of various sizes; some foxing and oxidation to the iron-gall ink. Office of the Governor of the city of Trinidad, Cuba, 1847-8
      Estimate $1,500-2,500

      A chilling series of reports by Juan Herrera Davila, the military governor of Trinidad, made to Captain-General Gral in Havana regarding an armed party of vigilantes with dogs. Their quarry was a group of "Negros cimarrones" in the area of Rio Aguacate ("cimarron" means wild, or untamed). In fact, these were slaves who had escaped and were living in caves in the mountains, occasionally stealing food from nearby plantations. The rebels were said to have fought savagely with machetes. The leader of the hunting party is quoted in one of the reports to have fired various shots and taken "orejas"--ears.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $2,990