Santiago de Cuba: 1864. pp., on two disbound folio leaves. Stab holes at gutter margins of leaves, light wear at edges. Light tanning and foxing. Very good. Item #973
A fascinating set of manuscript regulations that dictated procedures for holding and documenting slave auctions the Deposito General de Esclavos in Santiago de Cuba during the mid-1860s. The first leaf lists eight regulations, which stipulate that the auctioneer must be qualified and registered as such, and that he must keep a log for the day of the auction, in which the names of slaves, owners, sellers, and purchasers must be recorded. The record of the auction must be deposited with the economic board that oversees the house. Moreover, it is also emphasized that the auctioneer does not have any rights regarding discounts or compensation. The second leaf contains legal affirmations, signed by relevant parties, that the rules have been confirmed, delivered, and accepted. The two documents are dated September 26, 1864, and are agreed to be valid and in force for two years, beginning on January 5th, 1865. Very interesting documentation of the bureaucracy of Cuban slave sales in the mid-19th century.