An Historical Memoir of the Pennsylvania Society, for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery; the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and for Improving the Condition of the African Race. Compiled from the Minutes of the Society and Other Official Documents, by Edward Needles, and Published by Authority of the Society.
An Historical Memoir of the Pennsylvania Society, for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery; the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and for Improving the Condition of the African Race. Compiled from the Minutes of the Society and Other Official Documents, by Edward Needles, and Published by Authority of the Society.

An Historical Memoir of the Pennsylvania Society, for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery; the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and for Improving the Condition of the African Race. Compiled from the Minutes of the Society and Other Official Documents, by Edward Needles, and Published by Authority of the Society.


Memoir of the first American abolition society; scarce to commerce and with no auction records found over the last thirty years.  The compiler, Quaker Edward Needles, was serving as president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society when his book was published.  Comprises a thorough record of the society’s activities from its founding in 1775, paying particular attention to their legal and political activities.  Contains a brief notice on the annexation of Texas and the efforts to extend slavery there “...and strengthen the bands of oppression.” (p102)  Includes a re-printing of the society’s 1787 Constitution.


Description: An Historical Memoir of the Pennsylvania Society, for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery; the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and for Improving the Condition of the African Race. Compiled from the Minutes of the Society and Other Official Documents, by Edward Needles, and Published by Authority of the Society.

Philadelphia: Merrihew & Thompson, 1848. 116pp. First edition. Tall 8vo. Full straight-grained calf with rolled ornamental borders in gilt to both covers, coated yellow endpapers. Some minor rubbing at extremities; joints just starting (~1cm); offsetting from calf binding on endpapers; some foxing and toning; in all, a very good copy in a period binding.

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Work p303. Howes N-32. Sabin 52235.


Price: $1,500.00