Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 18

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ABOLITIONIST ROBERT PURVIS'S COPY (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) [BARTON, BONNIE], Compiler. The Bow in the Cloud; or The Negro's Memorial, A Collection of Original Contributions. Engraved half-title. Small 8vo, original pictorial gilt and blind-stamped wine-red morocco, all edges gilt; binding edges rubbed with some loss of leather at the top corner of the front joint; half-title foxed, remainder of text clean. London, 1834

Additional Details

a fine association copy belonging to Robert Purvis whose ownership inscription, "Robert Purvis, London, England 1834," appears in pencil on the front paste-down. Purvis (1810-1898) was a radical African-American abolitionist who probably obtained this book while attending the Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1834. This was an important gathering that included William Lloyd Garrison, Thomas Clarkson, and virtually all the noted abolitionists from both sides of the Atlantic. They had come to celebrate the act of Parliament emancipating the slaves in the West Indies and to form a strategy to put and end to slavery altogether.