Slave Trade. No. 1 (1876). Correspondence Respecting the Reception of Fugitive Slaves on Board Her Majesty's Ships. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
Folio (320 x 205 mm). V, (1), 47, (1) pp. Sewn.
Fascinating documentary material on the ramifications of international law concerning British treatment of runaway slaves in the Arabian Gulf region: in an official letter to the local Political Resident, the commanding officer of a British vessel crusing between Bahrein, Bubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah inquires "what [he is] to do with the slave" who swam on board from one of the pearl boats on anchor under the Island of Zukool (6 Sept. 1873) - then a common problem, discussed extensively by the Admiralty, governors, consuls and commanders.
Paginated "257-309" by a contemporary hand. Final two leaves show some fraying to edge, otherwise well preserved.