Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 41

Price Realized: $ 1,440
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
CRUSOE AS A VEHICLE FOR ANTI-SLAVERY (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) DE FOE, DANIEL. Robinson Crusoe. Five, graphic anti-slavery engraved plates, on the front paste-down, rear paste-down and rear cover; half-page portrait of Crusoe and five additional wood-cut plates within the text. Small 12mo, original marbled stiff wrappers, sewn. London: Catnach, 1817-1840

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rare, no copies located. A curious little juvenile carrying a strong anti-slavery message, "piggy-backed" onto the story of Robinson Crusoe. The Catnach Press was a prolific source of juvenile chap-books in the early part of the 19th century. Founded in 1813 by James Catnach, the firm was carried on by his son "Jemmy" until his death in 1841. The only bibliographical citation we could find was "Robinson Crusoe, an Identification Guide, 1717-1970," that locates a copy identical to this, but dates it at 1800.