Mar 21, 2024 - Sale 2663

Sale 2663 - Lot 5

Price Realized: $ 2,750
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Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(ABOLITION.) The Genius of Universal Emancipation. 4 plates. [4], 200 pages. Collective title page, index leaf, 12 issues and a supplement bound in one volume. 8vo, contemporary marbled calf, backstrip worn and crudely rejointed; minimal wear to contents. Baltimore, MD, April 1830 to April 1831

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This monthly abolitionist magazine was founded in 1821 by editor Benjamin Lundy, who is regarded as perhaps America's first full-time abolitionist. William Lloyd Garrison served briefly as co-editor through March 1830, but his arrest for libel caused an amicable separation. This volume begins immediately after Garrison's departure as the start of the magazine's "Third Series." Garrison's departure is alluded to on page 1: "Again I find myself, alone, at the editorial desk."

The first 6 issues in this volume are illustrated with small masthead engravings after Josiah Wedgwood's famous "Am I Not a Man and a Brother" illustration. Furthermore, the May 1830 issue has a plate bearing an etching after the same image. Other plates include portraits of Elisha Tyson and Benjamin Lay, and a slave sale scene in the shadow of the Capitol titled "United States Slave Trade 1830" (all in the first 4 issues of the volume). It does not include the plate issued with the October 1830 issue. Afro-Americana 4066 (though lacking most of these issues); not in Blockson or Lomazow.