Jodensavanne, Suriname) Texier, Bernard

Published by Paramaribo, A. T. Bordas, Ca. 1800, 1800
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(ca 1800 reissue of 1781 ed. ) . Later marbled boards, 12mo, 15 pages. An unrecorded ca. 1800 edition of an extremely rare proclamation made by the Dutch governor of Surinam at Paramaribo in 1781. It gives instructions to be followed by reisdents, including specifically the "Joodsche-Natie op de Savana" (the "Jewish Nation on the Savanna, " the famous Jodensavana Jewish settlement) , in case of attack by a foreign enemy, and must have originally been a response to England's declaration of war against the Netherlands in 1780. The 1800 issue, perhaps a response to English military action in the West Indies in 1800, probably appeared before the 1802 peace agreement. When an alarm is sounded from the fortress, each district captain is to sound his drum and all militias are to assemble immediately, fully armed, at the locations specified. The proclamation explicitly mentions companies of free citizens, mulattos and negroes. It further provides instructions for the defense of the rivers and plantations, and specifies fines for those who fail to carry out their duties. Plantation owners may judge for themselves which of their white servants and skilled slaves may bear arms. The citizens' divisions include one or more from the Jewish community. The proclamation includes 24 articles and the texts, dated 8 to 14 March 1781 at the end Texier was governor from 1779 to 1783. There seem to be three editions of this proclamation, all published at Paramaribo and each known from a single surviving copy. What may be the first, at the University of Wageningen, apparently names no printer or publisher. Another, at Indiana University, cannot be much later than 1781, for it bears the imprint of the heirs of J. Brink, who were already active in 1777, but it and the present edition both say herdrukt (reprinted) in the imprint. The present must be the last, for its printing types suggest a date no earlier than ca. 1800, OCLC records the printer A. T. Bordas in the years 1799 to 1820, and the watermark (D & C Blauw = horn on crowned shield above D & C Blauw, similar to Voorn, Noord-Holland 181, recorded in 1798) also suggests a date around 1800. B2191. NCC (1 copy of ed. Without publisher's name) ; OCLC WorldCat (1 copy of Brink ed. ) ; Suriname Catalogus 5586 (different proclamation with similar title, Amsterdam 1760) ; not in Church; Eberstadt; James Ford Bell Lib. ; JCB; Sabin; Streeter; Karlsruher Virt. Kat. ; STCN. With stamps of the Surinam colonial library and the national library in Paramaribo on the first and last two leaves. With the gutter fold torn and reinforced, not approaching the text, and some light waterstains, but still a good copy. (KH-7-2) Amr6, sef9. Bookseller Inventory # 36849

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Publisher: Paramaribo, A. T. Bordas, Ca. 1800

Publication Date: 1800

Binding: Hardcover

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