Paris: Librairie Internationale, Boulevard Montmartre, 15. A. Lacroix, Verboeckoven et Cie. Éditeurs à Bruxelles, à Leipzig, à Livourne, 1869.
First edition. 56 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Green printed wrappers, part of back wrapper, mising, front covers chipped at top and loose, else internally fine. O'Reilly # 6903. Item #245034
Jacolliot was a barrister and author who lived on Tahiti, India and other parts of Asia, He collected and transcribed Sanskrit myths. Madame Blavatsky and Nietzsche were influenced by him.
This pamphlet is a defense of the actions taken by the French Commissioner Émile de la Roncière, who wanted to set up a financial system of local taxation reducing Tahiti's dependence on France.
Roncière was the famous victim of a French miscarriage of justi, having been convicted in 1835 on unbelievavble eveidence of assaulting Marie de Morell, the 16 year old daughter of a Cavalry General. Many prominent peoplke rallied to his defense, but he served 8 years in prison and was not completely exonerated until 1849. This was known as "L'Affaire de la Ronci``ere."
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