BENOISTON DE CHATEAUNEUF, Louis François (1776-1856)
[TRANSPORTATION] De la colonisation des condamnés, et de l’avantage qu’il y aurait pour la France à adopter cette mesure.
Paris : Martinet, 1827. First (and only) edition. Octavo (215 x 135 mm), original plain grey wrappers, stitched; pp , 67, ; letterpress printed on wide-margined paper; text in French; occasional light spotting, but an excellent copy.
A discussion of the merits and prospects of France adopting a system of colonial convict transportation similar to the British model, by French historian and statistician L.-F. Benoiston de Chateauneuf (1776-1856). The author makes significant use of the success of the penal system in New South Wales, and to a lesser extent, Van Diemen’s Land and Melville Island off the northern coast of Australia, to support his argument for establishing French penal colonies on the Caribbean islands of Vièque, La Désirade and Saint-Martin.
Very scarce. Not in Ferguson.
Trove locates only three copies (NLA; SLNSW; ACU)