Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 25

Price Realized: $ 1,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Mary Martha Sherwood. The Re-Captured Negro. Hand-colored frontispiece plate (detached). 72 pages. 12mo, contemporary 1/4 calf, moderate wear; foxing, moderate wear, lacking free endpapers; early owner's signature on title page. Boston, 1821

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First edition of an anti-slavery children's story by an officer's wife who had briefly visited Africa. She tells the saga of an adolescent boy named Dazee, captured in Sierra Leone and sent across the Atlantic in an illegal slave ship. The ship was intercepted by a naval vessel, and Dazee returned to Sierra Leone under the care of a benevolent missionary. One traced at auction since 1992. Not in the Rosenbach or Welch bibliographies of American children's books, or in Afro-Americana; Blockson 7226 (listing only a later English edition); Shaw & Shoemaker 6792.