Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 4

Price Realized: $ 15,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) John W. Barber, compiler. A History of the Amistad Captives, with two related Amistad pamphlets. Folding frontispiece (9 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches) and numerous text illustrations including a small map. 32 pages. 8vo, original plain wrappers, backstrip worn with evidence of former tape repair; minor foxing and wear. New Haven, CT, 1840

Additional Details

First edition of this powerfully illustrated contemporary account of the most famous slave ship insurrection in history, published before the case made its way to the Supreme Court. The frontispiece shows the moment of the uprising and the death of the ship's Spanish captain. The text engravings include profile portraits of the 36 self-liberated captives including their leader Cinque, and also their Mende-speaking translator James Covey, found on the streets of New York by the defense team. Also includes a map of the Mende lands of West Africa, a view of a Mende village, and a cutaway of the hold of a slave ship.

WITH: "The African Captives: Trial of the Prisoners of the Amistad on the Writ of Habeas Corpus." 47 pages. 8vo, stitched; moderate foxing. New York, 1839.

"Africans Taken in the Amistad. Congressional Document Containing the Correspondence &c in Relation to the Captured Africans." 48 pages. 8vo, stitched; moderate foxing. New York, 1840.

Afro-Americana 881, 115, 171.