Feb 28, 2006 - Sale 2068

Sale 2068 - Lot 374

Price Realized: $ 39,100
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Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
SIGNED BY PHILLIS WHEATLEY WHEATLEY, PHILLIS. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. By Phillis Wheatley, a Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston, New England. Portrait frontispiece by Scipio Morehead. Small 8vo, contemporary full calf with five gilt-highlighted raised bands, rubbed with one inch diagonal piece of the binding chipped from top of front board and some of the leather peeled away from the rear board, tips rubbed, binding slightly bowed with hinges started at top and bottom; small damp-stain to top corner of title-page and dedication page; contemporary ownership signature of Henry Pelham at top of title-page with another early signature of Eliza Pitman Nichols on the dedication; some early notes in pencil on rear end-paper regarding other noted 18th century Africans--Ignacio Sancho and others. London: A. Bell, 1773

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a signed copy of the first edition of the first published book of poetry authored by an african-american, and the first published book authored by an african-american woman.