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John Carter Brown Library - Haiti Collection

The John Carter Brown Library holds one of the world's great collections relating to Haiti. Our rare books, maps and newspapers tell the story of the founding of the French colony of Saint Domingue (once the most lucrative colony in the Americas), its demise through the Haitian Revolution (the world's only successful slave revolution) and the founding of Haiti in its place. By providing access to this collection, the JCB hopes to stimulate interest in Haiti's remarkable history.



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15, [1] p. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) "Arrêt du conseil supêrieur de Saint-Domingue, qui bannit Mainguy pour neuf ans de la colonie ...": p. 10-15
Topics: France, Antislavery movements, Slavery, Blacks, Imprint 1790
2 v. :|b2 ill., maps (engravings) ;|c26 cm. (4to) (from t.p.) Tome premier. Comprenant, outre les objets généraux, la description des vingt & une paroisses de la partie du nord & de l'isle la Tortue -- Tome second. Comprenant la description des dix-sept paroisses de la partie de l'ouest & de l'isle la Gonave & des quartorze paroisses de la partie du sud & de l'isle à Vache
Topics: Imprint 1797, Imprint 1798
"Appendix comprising documents referred to in different parts of the work: together with auxiliary remarks", p. [365]-467, in French and English, have divisional title page
Topics: Dessalines, Jean-Jacques, 1758-1806, Toussaint Louverture, 1743?-1803, Slave insurrections,...
2 v. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) "De l'Imprimerie de Mame frères": verso of half-title leaf, v. 1
Topics: Voodooism, Slave insurrections, Imprint 1814
8 v. :|bill., port., maps, plans ;|c17 cm. (12mo) First printed in Paris, 1722
Topics: Natural history, Slave trade, Slavery, Carib Indians, Imprint 1742
Signatures: A-B (B4 blank)
Topics: Blacks, Slavery, Imprint 1735
John Carter Brown Library - Haiti Collection
by Descourtilz, M. E. (Michel Etienne), b. 1775; Barbé-Marbois, François, marquis de, 1745-1837; Doublette. fmo RPJCB; Laplace, Francois
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[5], vi-xii, 388 p., [1] folded leaf of plates :|bmap ;|c21 cm. (8vo) Misattributed to Michel Etienne Descourtilz by Echeverria & Wilkie and Barbier. Has also been erroneously attributed to Francois, marquis de Barbé-Marbois. Cf. Sabin 3312 note. Attributed to Cit[oyen] Francois Laplace by Jean-Charles Benzaken in his article "Who was the author of L'histoire des desastres de Saint-Domingue, published in Paris in the year III?" in French history, v. 23, 2009, p 261-267, who cites...
Topic: Imprint 1795
2 v. :|b2 ill., maps (engravings) ;|c26 cm. (4to) (from t.p.) Tome premier. Comprenant, outre les objets généraux, la description des vingt & une paroisses de la partie du nord & de l'isle la Tortue -- Tome second. Comprenant la description des dix-sept paroisses de la partie de l'ouest & de l'isle la Gonave & des quartorze paroisses de la partie du sud & de l'isle à Vache
Topics: Imprint 1797, Imprint 1798
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by Haiti; Henri Christophe, King of Haiti, 1767-1820; Lear, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lincoln), 1792-1832. fmo RIBRL; Morris, Charles, 1784-1856. fmo RIBRL; Haiti. Sovereign (1811-1820 : Henri Christophe)
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[4], vii, [1]; 326, [2]; 47, [1]; 16; 110, [2]; 16; 3, [1]; 75, [1]; 32; 112; 27, [1]; 3, [1]; xix, [1] p. ; 20 cm. (8vo) Dated on p. 3, 21st count: Fait au conseil, au palais du Cap-Henry, le 30 janvier 1812, l'an neuf de l'independance, et de règne de Sa Majesté le premier
Topics: Civil law, Criminal law, Military law, Imprint 1812
2 v. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) "De l'Imprimerie de Mame frères": verso of half-title leaf, v. 1
Topics: Voodooism, Slave insurrections, Imprint 1814
"Tableau du commerce et des finances de la Partie françoise de St. Domingue 1791": p. [195]-205; additional tables, printed in Engish: p. 206-212
Topics: Blacks, Slave insurrections, Imprint 1797
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Topic: Imprint 1791
12 p. ;|c21 cm. (8vo) Place of publication suggested by Bissainthe and Martin & Walter
Topics: Brissot de Warville, J.-P. (Jacques-Pierre), 1754-1793, Slavery, Blacks, 1791
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by Descourtilz, M. E. (Michel Etienne), b. 1775
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Topics: Natural history, Scientific expeditions, Imprint 1809
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by Wimpffen, Alexandre-Stanislas, baron de
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Vol. 1: [4], iv, 309, [1] p.; v.2: [4], 265, [1] p., [1] folded leaf of plates
Topic: Haiti -- Description and travel
[4], ix, [1] 249, [1], cxviii p. ;|c22 cm Translated from the French edition entitled "Essai sur les causes de la révolution et des guerres civiles d'Hayti", first printed Sans-Souci, 1819
Topic: Imprint 1823
Appendix: 145 p., 3rd count
Topics: Coffee, Imprint 1798
[2] p., [22] leaves of plates, [8] double plates :|bill., maps, plans ;|c49 cm Loix et constitutions des colonies françoises de l'Amérique sous le vent was issued: Paris, 1784-90, in 6 v. Description topographique, physique, civile, politique et historique de la partie française de l'isle Saint-Domingue was first published separately in 2 v., Philadelphia, 1797-98
Topics: Blacks, Slaves, Imprint 1791
[2], xxxi, [1], 374, [2] p., 10 folded leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm. (8vo) Author given as "le P. Nicolson" in the Approbation on p. 374
Topics: Natural history, Botany, Indians of the West Indies, Taino Indians, Taino art, Taino sculpture,...
Translation of: La vie de Jean-Jacques Dessalines, chef des noirs révoltés de Saint-Domingue, first printed Paris, 1804
Topics: Dessalines, Jean-Jacques, 1758-1806, Toussaint Louverture, 1743?-1803, Henri Christophe, King of...
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by Descourtilz, M. E. (Michel Etienne), b. 1775
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3v Retrospective conversion: original entry
Topics: Natural history, Scientific expeditions, Imprint 1809
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by Edwards, Bryan, 1743-1800; Broughton, Arthur, d. 1796. Hortus eastensis; Young, William, Sir, 1749-1815. Tour through the several islands of Barbadoes
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3 v. :|bill., port., maps ;|c24 cm. (8vo) Sir William Young identified as the editor in the prefatory advertisement
Topics: Slavery, Blacks, Imprint 1801, genealogy
2 v. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) Translation of: An enquiry into the nature, rise, and progress of the fevers most common in London, first printed London, 1771
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Topics: Fever, Yellow fever, Imprint 1821
[4], [1], 4-55, [1] p. ;|c20 cm. (8vo.) Signatures: pi² (-pi2) A-C D (D4 verso blank)
Topic: Imprint 1792
Signed on p. 4, 2nd count: de Chastenet-d'Esterre, ancien militaire
Topics: Baudry des Lozières, Louis Narcisse, 1761-1841, Régiment de Crête-Dragons, Military service,...
[4], III, [1], 184 p. ;|c21 cm. (4to) Signatures: pi² [1] ([1] verso blank) 2-23 24² (24 verso blank)
Topics: Geography, Imprint 1832
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by Wimpffen, Alexandre-Stanislas, baron de; Wright, J. (John), 1770?-1844
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Translation of the author's Voyage a Saint-Domingue, pendant les années 1788, 1789 et 1790, first printed in 2 volumes, Paris, 1797
Topic: Imprint 1797
Translation of: Historia natural y moral de las Indias; 1st published in French, Paris, 1598
Topics: Indians of Mexico, Indians of South America, Natural history
[2], viii, 304 p., [5] folded leaves of plates :|bplans ;|c22 cm. (8vo) Signatures: pi1 (pi1 verso blank) ²pi (2pi1, 2pi² versos blank) 1-19 (2 verso blank)
Topic: Imprint 1846
Attributed to Girod-Chantrans by Barbier (19350), who cites the 1787 edition and by Sabin
Topics: Dominica, Battle of, 1782, Imprint 1785
[4], 74 p., [1] leaf of plates :|bport. (engraving) ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Signatures: pi² 1-9 10² (-10)
Topics: Toussaint Louverture, 1743?-1803, Imprint 1802
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by Port-au-Prince (Haiti). Garde nationale; Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793; France. Assemblée nationale constituante (1789-1791); France. Sovereign (1774-1792 : Louis XVI)
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Additional title page follows title page proper with identical text and imprint but with a different printer's ornament
Topic: Imprint 1791
Author's full name from Sabin, Cioranescu and Bissainthe Volume 1
Topics: Hispaniola -- Politics and government, Haiti -- History -- To 1791
[4], 132 p. ;|c18 cm.(8vo) Translation of La vie de J.J. Dessalines
Topics: Dessalines, Jean-Jacques, 1758-1806, Imprint 1805
2 v. :|bplan., port. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) By William Walton, Jun. secretary to the expedition which captured the city of Santo Domingo from the French; and resident British agent there.Appendix to Vol. I: (A) Survey of the east coast of South America from Cape Vela to the Oronoko, from actual observation and the best authority, intended to assist the trader in his access to this part of the coast. -- (B) General account of the bull-feasts in Spain, from the journal of the author during his early...
Topics: Slavery, Imprint 1810, genealogy
3 v. :|bill. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) Pagination: v. 1: vi, 504 p., [2] folded leaves of plates; v. 2: 420 p., [2] folded leaves of plates; v. 3: 414, [2] p., [2] leaves of plates
Topics: Voyages around the world, Imprint 1797
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Topics: Indians of the West Indies, Imprint 1801
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by Bossu, M., 1720-1792; Forster, Johann Reinhold, 1729-1798; Löfling, Per, 1729-1756. Iter Hispanicum. Selections; Linné, Carl von, 1707-1778
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Translation, by Johann Reinhold Forster, of: Nouveaux voyages aux Indes Occidentales. Paris, 1768
Topics: Indians of North America, Botany, Botany, Botany
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by Edwards, Bryan, 1743-1800; Broughton, Arthur, d. 1796. Hortus eastensis; Young, William, Sir, 1749-1815. Tour through the several islands of Barbadoes; Haiti Digitization Project (John Carter Brown Library) RPJCB
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Sir William Young identified as the editor in the prefatory advertisement
Topics: Slavery, Blacks, Imprint 1801, genealogy
Another edition from Pillot was issued in 1802 without author attribution (Bissainthe, 5267)
Topics: Toussaint Louverture, 1743?-1803, Imprint 1802
2 v. :|bmap, plan ;|c22 cm. (8vo) "De l'Imprimerie de Pillet ainé": verso of half-title leaves
Topics: Mulattoes, Imprint 1819
[2], 96 [i.e. 97], [1] p. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Cover-title
Topic: Imprint 1795
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Topic: Imprint 1791
8 v. :|bill., port., maps, plans ;|c17 cm. (12mo) First printed in Paris, 1722
Topics: Natural history, Slave trade, Slavery, Carib Indians, Imprint 1742
x, [1], 12-93, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates :|bport. ;|c17 cm. (12mo) Translated from the anonymously published work: Vie privée politique et militaire de Toussaint-Louverture, par un homme de sa couleur, Paris, 1801
Topic: Imprint 1802
2 v. :|bill., maps ;|c28 cm. (4to) First printed in Paris, 1722
Topics: Natural history, Slave trade, Slavery, Carib Indians, Voyages and travels, Imprint 1724
3 v. :|bill. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) Pagination: v. 1: vi, 504 p., [2] folded leaves of plates; v. 2: 420 p., [2] folded leaves of plates; v. 3: 414, [2] p., [2] leaves of plates
Topics: Voyages around the world, Imprint 1797
9 v. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Includes many letters from French colonial officials in Saint-Domingue
Topic: Imprint 1795
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by Edwards, Bryan, 1743-1800; Manigault, G. fmo RIBRL; Bromsen, Maury A. fmo RIBRL; Edwards, Bryan, 1743-1800. Historical survey of the French colony in the island of St. Domingo. Selections
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xvi, 373, [7] p., [1] folded leaf of plates : map ; 22 cm. (8vo) Abridgement, by the author of his The history civil and commercial, of the British colonies in the West Indies, first printed London, 1794 and An historical survey of the French colony in the island of St. Domingo, first printed London, 1797. A separate abridgement of The history civil and commercial, of the British colonies in the West Indies was first printed London, 1794
Topics: Slavery, Blacks, Slave insurrections, Catalogs, Booksellers', Imprint 1799
Publication date of 1820 supplied by Sabin
Topics: Catalogs, Booksellers', Imprint 1820
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by Descourtilz, M. E. (Michel Etienne), b. 1775
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3v Retrospective conversion: original entry
Topics: Natural history, Scientific expeditions, Imprint 1809
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Topics: Slavery, Fugitive slaves, Imprint 1791
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Topics: Constitutional law, Imprint 1801
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by Moreau de Saint-Méry, M. L. E. (Médéric Louis Elie), 1750-1819
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Topic: Imprint 1790
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by Cambefort, Joseph-Paul-Augustin de, 1751-1803
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Place of publication supplied by Bissainthe
Topics: Cambefort, Joseph-Paul-Augustin de, 1751-1803, Tousard, Louis de, 1749-1817, Slave insurrections,...
1 sheet ([1] p.) ;|c94 x 61 cm. (fol.) (Section titles) Recettes -- Etat géneral [sic] des cultures et des manufactures de la partie françoise de St. Domingue -- Apperçu des richesses territoriales des habitations en grande culture de la partie françoise de St. Domingue -- Idée générale de la population libre de la partie françoise de St. Domingue -- Etat des navires expédies par le commerce de France qui sonts entrés et sortis de St. Domingue pendant l'année 1791 -- Etat des...
Topics: Finance, Public, Expenditures, Public, Imprint 1792
Title from masthead printed within ornamental border
Topics: Fugitive slaves, Slavery, Imprint 1791
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by Milscent de Mussé, Claude Louis Michel, 1740-1794
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Topic: Imprint 1791
Printer taken from colophon
Topics: Slavery, Imprint 1793
iv, 257, [1] p. ;|c21 cm. (8vo) Date of publication supplied by Sabin and Bissainthe
Topic: Imprint 1805
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by Kerversau, François Marie de, d. 1825; Boigne, Claude Pierre Joseph Leborgne de, 1762-1832
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iv, 88 p. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Title from half title leaf
Topic: Imprint 1797
Pagination: v. 1: [4], iv, 211, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates; v. 2: [4], 228 p
Topic: Imprint 1821
9 v. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Includes many letters from French colonial officials in Saint-Domingue
Topic: Imprint 1795
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Page [1] includes a census and numerical annotations for various populations and things on the island (white men, white women, white widows, black men, black women, black widows, the number of surgeons, amount of cultivated land and with what, the number of coffee plantations, the number of cacao plantations, the number of windmills, the number of various kinds of cattle and other farm animals, etc.). Some data boxes have no numerical values
Topics: Demography, Broadsides, etc, Imprint 1804
2 v. :|bill., maps ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Vol. I. Voyage autour du monde, par terre et par mer: 1. ptie -- Voyages ... par la voie de l'ouest, depuis la côte de France, jusques à la ville de Batavia, dans l'isle de Java, en traversant l'océan, l'Amérique, la mer du Sud, & l'archipel de la Chine. 2. ptie. -- Voyage depuis Batavia, par la voie de l'ouest, jusques en France, en passant par l'océan des Indes, le pays des Marates, les provinces de Guzaurat & de Bassein, le golfe Persique,...
Topics: Voyages and travels, Imprint 1782
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by Thiéry de Menonville, Nicolas Joseph, 1739-1780; Arthaud, Charles; Thiery de Menonville, Nicholas Joseph, 1739-1780. Voyage a Guaxaca; Cercle des Philadelphes
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Copy 1 of 2 versions. 2 v. :|bcol. ill. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) "Voyage a Guaxaca": v. 1, p. [1]-261, 2nd count; v. 2, p. [2-3], 94, 3rd and 4th counts
Topics: Cochineal, Dyes and dyeing, Imprint 1787
66 p. ;|c21 cm. (8vo) Colophon: A Paris, de l'imprimerie du Cercle Social, rue du Théâtre-François, No. 4
Topic: Imprint 1793
[2], viii, 136 p. ;|c28 cm. (4to) Consists of 30 letters, dated collectively from 1789-1793
Topic: Imprint 1794
[4], iv, 56 p. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) A reply to: Vastey, Pompée-Valentin, baron de, d. 1820? Essai sur les causes de la revolution et des guerres civiles d'Hayti. A Sans Souci [i.e. Port-au Prince] : de l'imprimerie royale, 1819
Topics: Vastey, Pompée-Valentin, baron de, d. 1820?, Imprint 1819
2 v. :|bill. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) "Imprimerie de Poussin, rue de Tabletterie": verso of half-title leaves
Topics: Impotence, Infertility, Aphrodisiacs, Analgesics, Impotence, Infertility, Imprint 1831
viii, 285, [3] p. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) Copy 1 Signatures: A B-T
Topics: Slaves, Blacks, Slaves, Blacks, Booksellers' catalogs, Imprint 1791
[8], xii, 314, [2] p., [1] leaf of plates :|bport. ;|c23 cm. (8vo) Copyright date of 1809 on verso of title page
Topic: Imprint 1810
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by Saint-Domingue. Conseil supérieur
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Caption title
Topics: Law, Imprint 1791
xl, 140 p. ;|c20 cm. (8vo) Translation of author's account in: Collection de mémoires sur les colonies, et particulièrement sur Saint-Domingue. Paris, 1802, v. 4
Topics: Hispaniola -- Description and travel, Haiti -- Politics and government, Dominican Republic --...
24 p. ;|c22 cm. (8vo) Last printed date in text is 1789
Topics: Imprint 1789, Imprint 1790