Instructions for the Guidance of Her Majesty’s Naval Officers Employed in the Suppression of the Slave Trade.
T.R. Harrison, ( 1844), London
32.5 cm., iv, 556, iv (index) pp
An old Swann catalog describes it thus: “A complex legal guide for those naval officers involved in patrolling the West Coast of Africa following the British ban on taking of slaves. Delicate international treaties regarding search and seizure had to be observed while at the same time making judgment calls on what ships might be carrying slaves. While outlawed in 1807, the trade in slaves continued well into the mid-century.” This important document also reprints treaties with other nations that would affect seizures at sea. Bound in red buckram with gold spine lettering. Ex-libris Public Record Office.