Captain Canot; or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver; Being an Account of His Career and Adventures on the Coast, in the Interior, on Shipboard, and in the West Indies. Written Out and Edited from the Captain’s Journals, Memoranda and Conversations…


Classic account of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade by a participant, Captain Theodore Canot (1804–1860). His narrative as a slaver in Africa and the West Indies, as recorded by Baltimore historian, Brantz Mayer, includes much on the slave trade in the interior of Africa including journeys to Timbo, Timbuktu, Kambia, Dahomey, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

“This memoir, as well as being a circumstantial account of the slave trade, is a document in the intellectual history of racism. Mayer saw in Canot’s story a confirmation of his own facile assumptions concerning the slavery question, and he provided Canot’s narrative of skulduggery with a moral for his times.”¹

Various chapters discuss “How a cargo of slaves is landed in Cuba,” the “Spread of Mahometanism in the interior of Africa,” etc. Engraved illustration plates depict “Inspection and sale of a Negro,” “Branding a Negress,” and “The Massacre at Digby.”


Description: Captain Canot; or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver; Being an Account of His Career and Adventures on the Coast, in the Interior, on Shipboard, and in the West Indies. Written Out and Edited from the Captain’s Journals, Memoranda and Conversations…

New York: D. Appleton and Company, M. DCCC. LIV [1854]. [2], Frontis., extra, illustrated title leaf, xvii, 448, [12]pp. + [6] plates. Tenth Thousand. 12mo. Original publisher’s plum cloth binding, with illustrated gilt spine and modest blindstamped ornamentation on covers. Bookplate. Some shelf wear and mottling to covers; spine sunned and gilt titling dulled; some foxing; very good.

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Sabin 47093. Hamilton 1029. LCP, Afro-Americana 6581. Blockson 9289. Note. 1. Theodore Canot Facts [i.e. Encyclopedia of World Biography (Gale Group, 2010)] accessed online.


Price: $50.00