Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 109

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
ONE OF SIX KNOWN COPES (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) PAUL, SUSAN. Memoir of James Jackson, the Attentive and Obedient Scholar, who died in Boston October 31st 1833 aged Six Years, Eleven Months. 88 pages, 12mo, original polished calf-backed orange paper-covered boards with paper label up the spine; extremities rubbed; chips from head and heel of spine; some foxing throughout; lacks the front free end-paper. Boston: Loring, 1835

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the first biography written by african american woman. Susan Paul (1809-1841) came from an activist family. Her father, Thomas Paul was a Baptist minister and an active member of the New England Anti-Slavery Society. Thus young Susan was introduced to a circle of dedicated activists that included David Walker and Lydia Maria Child. Paul became a teacher and organized the Juvenile Choir of Boston composed of her African American students, ages 3 to 10. That she was so moved by the death of one of these little children to write a memoir of his short life is, in itself a testament to her humanity. Written in a form geared to appeal to the simple logic of children, the Memoir is really a teaching tool. She recounts the short life of James Jackson, addressing issues of color and prejudice through stories and parables. Not in the Blockson Collection nor the Schomburg; not cited in Dumond. no copy of this book has appeared at auction in the last 25 years.