Sale 2503 - Lot 4
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THE FIRST AMERICAN ENGRAVING OF THE SLAVE SHIP BROOKS (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Plan of an African Ship's Lower Deck, with Negroes in the Proportion of Not Quite One to a Ton. Engraving, 5 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches; disbound on right edge, foxing, light vertical folds. [Philadelphia], May 1789
The famous deck plan of the slave ship Brooks was one of the most powerful images of the early anti-slavery movement. It first appeared in England in March 1789, as part of a 4-page pamphlet by W. Elford. It was re-engraved for its first American appearance in the May 1789 issue of the American Museum, a popular magazine from Philadelphia. The image is reversed from the English printing, with the front of the ship facing left.