Cienfuegos: Imprenta del Ferro-Carril, 1864. 20pp., plus seven tables, two folding. Original green cloth, blind stamped and gilt lettered. Light wear at edges and spine ends; minor rubbing to boards. Manuscript letter laid in. Separation along fold and short closed tear at gutter of one plate. Light tanning. About very good. Item #1312
A rare annual report on the railroad that connected Cienfuegos to Santa Clara in the central portion of Cuba during the mid-1860s. The text gives details of the company's revenue and shipping totals, passenger services, work and improvements undertaken, and levels of employment, including discussion of indentured Chinese labor. The tables at the rear provide more complete statistics on the amount of products shipped, number of passengers carried, types of repairs carried out, and the number of accidents and hospitalizations amongst employees and laborers. This copy was presented to a Señor Enrique Gatke, likely a Havana investor in the company, with his named lettered in gilt on the front board and with a letter from the company secretary, Pedro Fernandez de Castro, laid in. A scarce and detailed account of railroad operations in central Cuba during the mid-19th century. We locate only one example of any edition of these reports outside of the National Library of Cuba, a copy of the 1862 report at the New York Public Library.