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Account of the Haitian revolution, with valuable information on Haitian voodoo

MALENFANT (Colonel).
Des colonies, et particulièrement de celle de Saint-Domingue; mémoire historique et politique.
Paris, Audibert, 1814. 8vo. Later half vellum (New, Binder, Eton).
€ 3,500
First edition of a work on the French colony Saint-Domingue, present-day Haiti, by the French colonel Malenfant. It starts with an historical background and the causes leading to the Haitian Revolution and the "Haiti massacre" of 1804. Colonel Malenfant led a battalion during the Saint-Domingue expedition from 1801 till 1803, initiated by Napoleon and carried out by the French general Charles Leclerc to restore French control of the colony. Describing this expedition, Malenfant gives some unique and valuable information on Haitian voodoo and the role of native women in the revolution. Malenfant's troops, for example, had captured a "great voodoo priestess" (p. 215), who tried to prevent the French troops from finding the revolutionists camps. Other chapters compare the colony of Haiti with other French colonies, including Cayenne and Senegal, discussing methods for creating durable peace and prosperity in Haiti.
Some leaves browned or foxed, a few minor marginal waterstains and some bolts unopened. Otherwise a very good copy.
M.L. Daut, Tropics of Haiti (2015), pp. 206-207; Sabin 44114.
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