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Lectures on Slavery and Its Remedy.
Lectures on Slavery and Its Remedy.

Lectures on Slavery and Its Remedy.

First edition, in publisher’s original polished cloth, a collection of anti-slavery lectures by Amos A. Phelps (1805–1847), Congregational Minister in Boston and agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Phelps 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.

Boston: New England Anti-Slavery Society [Garrison and Knapp, Printers], 1834. First edition. xi, [1], [13]–284pp. 12mo. In publisher’s original, green, polished cloth; printed paper spine label. Early presentation inscription in pencil on front endpaper to “Miss Emily Porter”. Light rubbing and brief wear to extremities; both hinges expertly strengthened; toning to some leaves; foxing; good.


Sabin 61361. Imprints 26218. Dumond p92. Not in Work. Not in Blockson Catalogue. LCP 7678. Note. 1. Liberator, May 10, 1839, p2.