Lincoln Seeks to Export Slaves to Overseas Colonies

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1003. CHIRIQUI IMPROVEMENT COMPANY. Collection of four imprints relating to this company that proposed founding a colony of African-Americans on land in the Isthmus of Panama (New Granada), a project on which President Lincoln for a while looked favorably until it became obvious that defects in the scheme would cause it to fail. Because of those reasons Lincoln withdrew his support, the project collapsed, and Lincoln continued to look elsewhere for a suitable colony. Another imprint relates to the New Granada Mineral Company, a Pennsylvania corporation that hoped to exploit gold mining possibilities in the area.

Chiriqui Improvement Company

[1]  Chiriqui Improvement Company.... New York: Wm. W. Rose, Printer, 1855. [1-3] 4-53 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22.7 x 13.8 cm), original tan printed wrappers, stitched. Spine chipped with loss, wrappers toned: Interior good. With ink manuscript signature of Rev. Thompson on upper wrap and scattered pencil notes inside. These are the company’s original founding documents. Sabin 52774.

[2]  MANROSS, [Newton]. Chiriqui Improvement Company Geological Report of Professor Manross, with Accompanying Papers, Map, &c. New York: George F. Nesbitt & Co., 1856. [1-3] 4-28 pp., map, plate. 8vo (23 x 14.2 cm), original brown printed wrappers, stitched. Wrappers soiled, upper wrapper detached. Two inscriptions, one struck through, on upper wrapper. Interior age toned.


Chiriqui Improvement Co. Topographical Map of the Proposed Line of the Chiriqui Route as Surveyed and the Exact Position of the Coal Beds, as Reported by Prof. Manross. [below title] Engr. By F. Mayer & Co. 96 Fulton St. N.Y. New York, [1856]. Uncolored lithograph map. Neat line to neat line: 52.8 x 68.8 cm; overall sheet size: 57 x 71 cm. Detached but otherwise very good.


View Taken from the Summit of the “Boquete” looking toward the Atlantic and showing the Valley through which the Chiriqui Road will pass to reach “Chiriqui Lagoon” (23 miles) [below image lower left] H.F. Krause del 13 Broadway. [below image lower right] Lith. of F. Mayer & Co. New York. New York, [1856]. Tinted lithograph. Image size: 19.8 x 29 cm; overall sheet size: 22.8 x 32.4 cm. Slightly soiled.

View Taken from David’s Showing the Line of the Chiriqui Road on the Pacific Side as Far up as the “Boquete” (32 Miles) <The Bouquete is the Double Pointed Peak.> [below image] H.F. Krause del | Lith. of F. Mayer & Co. New York. | K Mc. Dowell. New York, [1856]. Tinted lithograph. Image size: 19.8 x 29 cm; overall sheet size: 22.8 x 32.4 cm. Slightly soiled.

[3]  The Material Facts About the Chiriqui Improvement Company’s Grants. Reasons Why the Validity of the Company’s Title to the Chiriqui Strip is Denied and Held to Be Void by the Government of Colombia [wrapper title]. Washington: Tomas McGill & Co., Law Printers, [1880]. [1] 2-34 pp. 8vo (23.6 x 15 cm), original brown printed wrappers, stitched. Lacks lower wrapper; wrappers darkened and chipped; interior slightly wrinkled and chipped.

[4]  Memoranda Relative to the Chiriqui Improvement Company, Its Harbors, Coal Mines, and Lands, The Climate, and Its Proposed Railway Between the Two Oceans [wrapper title].Washington: Thomas McGill & Co., 1878. [1] 2-14 pp. 8vo (23 x 15 cm), original green printed wrappers, stitched. Light vertical crease, a few pencil marks, otherwise very good.

New Granada Mineral Company

[5]  The Charter and By-Laws of the New Granada Mineral Land Company. Philadelphia: C. Sherman & Son, 1856. [1-5] 6-51 [1, blank] pp., folded map. 8vo (23,5 x 14.6 cm), original beige wrappers, stitched. Overall good.


Falls of the Santiago River Mineral de Verguas [below title] L.N. Rosenthal Lith. cor. Of 5th. Chestnut St. Phila [above border lower left] Mieg New York January 1856. Chromolithograph map depicting planer and longitudinal views of the Santiago River. Border to border: 40 x 30.8 cm; overall sheet size: 48.5 x 33 cm. Detached but otherwise fine.

This report confidently states: “I most heartily congratulate the shareholders in possessing properties, that I do most honestly believe will produce more in the aggregate than California has ever yet produced” (p. 51).


Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $306.25.

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