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CLARKSON'S HISTORY OF THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE
Exceptionally rare set of two volumes, The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament. London: Printed by R. Taylor & Co., for Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1808. First edition, with two folded plates including the plan of a slave ship, displaying the horrendous accommodations endured by the slave. When it was submitted to the House of Commons as evidence of slavery's inhumanity, "the print seemed to make an instantaneous impression of horror upon all who saw it". The second plate shows two rivers in Africa with their tributaries, presumably routes upon which slaves were carried. Clarkson (1760-1846), along with William Wilberforce and Granville Sharp, was instrumental in convincing the British public and Parliament of the moral necessity of abolishing the slave trade. Though the title of Clarkson's History is triumphant it wasn't until 1811 that slave trading was made a felony. In 1823 Clarkson and Wilberforce were made Vice Presidents of the newly formed Anti-Slavery Society to continue the fight- it was as late as 1833 that all slaves in the British Empire were finally emancipated. Spines are worn and soiled, but with original paper labels, corners buped and a bit worn. Uncut, some pages within are foxed, including plates. Slave ship plate bears two 1" clean marginal tears, rivers plate bears a 4" tear, a bit rougher. A rare pair of very desirable book which made an important, lasting impact on the suppression of the world trade in slaves.
Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

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