Lectures on Slavery and Its Remedy. [American Anti-Slavery Society stencil mark plus Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society inscription]
First edition, in publisher’s original polished cloth, a collection of anti-slavery lectures by Boston abolitionist Amos A. Phelps. This copy with an inscription on the front endpaper saying that the book was “Presented by the Penna. Anti-Slavery Society.” A stencil mark on the opposite leaf reads: “From Anti Slavery Office 223 Arch St Philada,” this address being the Philadelphia depository of publications by the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Amos A. Phelps (1805–1847) was a Congregational Minister in Boston and agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He was later associated with the Massachusetts Abolition Society, a group founded in reaction to the more progressive politics (including women’s rights) advocated for by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.¹
Six appendixes to the text include extracts from speeches on temperance, the slave trade in Sierra Leone and Liberia, “My reasons for abandoning the scheme of Colonization,” and a history of slave insurrections.
The latter is in the form of a letter written by abolitionist Joshua Coffin (1792–1864), one of the founders of the New England Anti-Slavery Society. Coffin discusses slave insurrections in the Caribbean and in colonial South Carolina, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Pennsylvania as well as a few contemporary examples, notably an 1826 insurrection of 60 armed slaves in North Carolina and Nat Turner’s rebellion in 1831.
Description: Lectures on Slavery and Its Remedy. [American Anti-Slavery Society stencil mark plus Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society inscription]
Boston: The New England Anti-Slavery Society [Garrison and Knapp, Printers], 1834. xi, , –284pp. First edition. 12mo. In publisher’s original polished cloth; printed paper spine label. Contemporary private library ownership inscriptions of the “Norristown Library Company” of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on both endpapers with their small handwritten catalog label on upper cover and head of spine plus a contemporary “Anti Slavery Office” stencil mark on the free, front endpaper. Spine and covers worn and stained, the handwritten label at head of spine partly perished; both covers detached; fair.
Sabin 61361. Imprints 26218. Dumond p92. Not in Work. Not in Blockson Catalogue. LCP 7678. Note. 1. Liberator, May 10, 1839, p2.