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THE SLAVE Scarce book The Slave: or Memoirs of Archy Moore, Anti-Slavery Office, Boston, 1846, two volumes in one, sixth edition, [so stated on title page; first published in 1836], [anonymous; by Richard Hildreth]. The Slave was almost certainly the first anti-slavery novel published in America, and was arguably the source for Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. It is mainly the story, written in the first-person, of Archy, an enslaved mulatto son of his owner, Colonel Moore - and, according to Nichols, the original of Stowe's George Harris. Archy marries another very light-skinned slave named Cassy, who is most like Stowe's Eliza and also, like Stowe's Cassy, stalked by lustful slave-owners. Unable to submit to the injustice of slavery, Archy runs away, eventually becoming an impressed British sailor who gladly fights against the American flag. Some foxing and a marginal dampstain to text, spine chipped slightly at ends, but binding is tight. Ownership signatures on rector and verso of front flyleaf, 1847 and 1862.
Estimate $ 150-200

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