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Courses de chevaux sous le haut patronage de M. le Gouverneur. Programme [.]. [With:] Premières Courses de chevaux. 16 août 1865. (Nouvelle-Calédonie et dépendances.)

Courses de chevaux sous le haut patronage de M. le Gouverneur. Programme [.]. [With:] Premières Courses de chevaux. 16 août 1865. (Nouvelle-Calédonie et dépendances.)

[Dezarnaulds, Jean-Baptiste]; [Boutan, Joseph Adolphe]; [Higginson, John] Two separate sheets. Printed on silk. Framed with light blue silk ribbon frame (papered on verso). Silk sheet size: ca. 33 × 44,5 cm; frame: 2 cm. The programme and the results of the first horse races in New Caledonia took place on August 16, 1865. Both placards are printed on silk. New Caledonia's first horse race had four major attractions, flat racing, harness racing, poney racing, hurdling, and a race for amateurs also took place, as the present "programme-placard" - singed in print by the local notary, Jean-Baptiste Bernard dit Camille Dezarnaulds, the treasurer of the Horse Racing Committee - informs us. The event was under the high patronage of the Governor, Charles Guillain. The additional "commemorative placard" with the results of the races, lists the participant horses of each category, their jockeys and the winners of each race, and the owners of those horses; this print also introduces the members of the Horse Racing Committee. The first horse race in New Caledonia was organized by Joseph Adolphe Boutan and John Higginson, and it took place at the Styx-cove at the Baie des Citrons on August 16, 1865. (O'Reilly 1953). Its most popular race with twelve participants, the flat race, was won by Coquet (jockeyed by Mr. Casey), a horse belonging to Madame Guillain, the governor's wife. The races are annually took place after a two-year intermission, and ever since horse racing is one of the most popular spectator sports in New Caledonia. (Peyrolle 2000) Boutan (1828-1900), the French agricultural engineer arrived in New Caledonia in 1862, where he became the director of the agricultural school (Ferme-école) in Nouméa, and of the "ferme modèle" in Yawé near Saint-Louis. Probably he was the first to bring racehorses to New Caledonia and the initiator of horse racing on the island. Boutan served as the first president of the Horse Racing Committee, and also participated as a jockey of the first races in flat race and hurdling. Higginson (1839-1904) was an Irish-French businessman, one of the most important pioneering entrepreneurs of New Caledonia, and the founder of the mining and metallurgical company, Société Le Nickel. He was also a founding member of the Horse Racing Committee and participant jockey of the first races in flat race and poney race. Extremely scarce equestrian memorabilia, we couldn't trace any other copies on the market or in institutional holdings of the placards, which are also some very early examples of printing in New Caledonia, where the press was introduced only a few years earlier, in 1862. (Coquilhat, 1987) Literature: Coquilhat G. (1987). La presse en nouvelle-calédonie au xixème siècle. Société d'études historiques de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.; O'Reilly, P. (1953) Chronologie de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. De la découverte de l'le au cinquantenaire de la prise de possession (1774-1903). In: Journal de la Société des océanistes, vol. 9. Paris: Société des océanistes. pp. 25-53; Peyrolle, L. (2000) Sport et jeux d'argent : Hippisme. In: De sport en scores. L'épopée du sport en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Musée de la Ville de Nouméa Exposition, Septembre 2000. Noumeá: Musée de la Ville de Nouméa. pp. 12-19. Folded twice. Both prints are in fine condition. Two separate sheets. Printed on silk. Framed with light blue silk ribbon frame (papered on verso)
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[Charlestown, South Caroline.] Charles-Town (Etats-Unis d’amerique), le 4 Mai 1804

[Riviére]; [Rimbert] Handwritten pre-postal letter in ink. 3 pages on bifolium. Scarce pre-postal letter from Charlestown (USA) to Brest (France) by a Saint-Domingue-refugee, dated in 1804. Written to Mr. Rimbert in Brest, at the "bureaux du Préfet Maritime", by Mr. Riviére in Charlestown, South Caroline, who - according to his account - was taken from Saint-Domingue as a prisoner on parole to Jamaica, after Rochambeau's surrender to Dessalines in November 1803. Shortly, he could leave Jamaica via Havana to Charlestown; the journey took him almost 80 days. Riviére informs Rimbert about meeting his uncle, Mr. Verrier, and his children in Jamaica, and Havana, reminds him of their old friendship, and ask his help to forward his carrier in the marine administration, in case he decides to go back to France. During the French Revolutionary uprisings, thousands of French refugees from the West Indies arrived in the United States. Due to the conflicts of the Haitian Revolution (1790-1804) nearly 20,000, mostly white planters, gens de couleur, and slaves, fled the French colony of Saint Domingue to seek asylum mainly in American port cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Charleston. The present letter adds a personal touch to this episode of history. Torn at the wax seal and at a folding, with no effect on the text. Paper tanned at the foldings. Otherwise in fine condition.
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Letter to József Bary (the judge of the Tiszaeszlár affair)

1 p, with envelope. Vay's letter about a legal case. We coundn't find any other Vay letter in auctions. Extramly rare. Sándor Vay (1859 -1918) was a Hungarian poet and journalist. As a female, Sarolta Vay was one of the first Hungarian women to complete university studies. Vay worked as a male journalist both before and after the sensational trial for his marriage to another woman in 1889. The case drew the attention of noted sexologists of the period, including Havelock Ellis and Richard von Krafft-Ebing, who used it to explore female inversion in the emerging field of sexology. During his lifetime, he was well respected as an author of historical articles on notable figures and cultural topics related to Hungary. . Vay's legal case was an influential one in the development of medical analysis of lesbians. The case was studied and published in journals by eminent sexologists, including Havelock Ellis and Richard von Krafft-Ebing] Sociologist and historian Hanna Hacker has described Vay as an archetype for the development of medical and psychiatric construction of the characteristics of lesbian identity and a model of butch women for the development of the field of sexology.[ The case itself marked the first time that passing had been judged on a medical basis rather than a legal/moral one. It also represented a shift from using punishment as a means of restoring social norms to an approach which attempted to understand and explain the underlying causes of anti-social behavior. The influence of the case was not limited to the medical profession, as "Simone de Beauvoir based her comments on lesbianism in The Second Sex on Vay's story"