Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 32

Estimate: $ 250 - $ 350
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Branagan, Thomas. A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Frontispiece plate. 282, [2] pages. 12mo, disbound; contents toned, moderate wear to corners, minor dampstaining, substantial wear to the frontispiece and final leaf; inked library number on remnants of backstrip. Philadelphia, 1804

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first edition. The author, Thomas Branagan, a reformed ex-slaver, wrote several books condemning the slave trade. The frontispiece by James Poupard is one of the earliest anti-slavery illustrations in an American book. The final leaf is a prospectus for Branagan's epic poem "Avenia; or, A Tragical Poem on the Oppression of the Human Species"; among his agents for this work are Richard Allen and James Forten. Afro-Americana 1483; Hamilton, American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers, Supplement 1898; Shaw & Shoemaker 5901; Sabin 7379.