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IN A DELUXE BINDING (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) ARMISTEAD, WILSON. A tribute for the Negro: Being a Vindication of the Moral, Intellectual, and Religious Capabilities of the Coloured Portion of Mankind. Twelve full-page engravings with tissue-guards; text throughout printed within an engraved border. xxv, 564 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements at the rear. Crown 8vo, original deluxe binding of full gilt-pictorial wine-colored morocco; all edges gilt; a few signatures very slightly pulled; some damp-staining to the outer margins of a number of the plates which probably occurred before the book was bound, as we have seen this in other copies. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848
first edition, one of an unspecified limited issue, in full morocco with two additional plates. Wilson Armistead (1819-1868) was a Quaker merchant from Leeds, who devoted much of his energies and profits to support the anti-slavery movement. The "Tribute" is one of a handful of 19th century works that sought to prove the abilities and humanity of the African race. Armistead's volume, in some way anticipates Nancy Cunard's "Negro Anthology," (1934) in that it is a combination of excerpts from works by people of African descent together with a collection of short biographical sketches. Included are Olaudah Equiano, Ignacio Sancho, James Pennington, Alexander Crummell, Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown, to cite only a few. Illustrations include an example of Toussaint L'Ouverture's handwriting and a very young Frederick Douglass. Work, page 570; Sabin, 2007.
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