Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 154

Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) VAUX, ROBERTS. Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet. 8, 1-136 pages. 12mo, original printed paper-covered boards, lacking the front board, rear board present with contemporary "cartoon" figure; paper evenly toned; author's presentation at the top of the title-page; first few pages with some light wear to the top corners; bottom margin untrimmed. Housed in a specially made quarter red morocco clamshell box. Philadelphia: James P. Parke, 1817

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an exceptional three way association copy, inscribed by the author to prince saunders :"Prince Saunders with the author's respect." A biographical memoir of the noted French born American Quaker abolitionist. The Library Company of Philadelphia's vast African American holdings include six works by Prince Saunders, several of them inscribed to noted abolitionists. But we could not find a single book inscribed to him, or even known to have been in his library. Prince Saunders (1784?-1839), educator, author, mason and emigrationist, was born in Boston. As a young man, he was encouraged to go to Haiti by William Wilberforce. In Haiti, Saunders met the "Emperor" Christophe. "Polished and witty, he became a confident of Christophe, vaccinated his children, and was entrusted by him with an embassy to England. Saunders was impressed by the black king and his black kingdom. To express this feeling, he edited the 'Haytian Papers,' a translation and a commentary of the Code Henri [Christophe]. . .In 1818, Saunders came to Philadelphia. . .and made the acquaintance of the Philadelphia anti-slavery leaders. One of the most important of these was William Rawle. . another was Roberts Vaux, a tireless Quaker, man-of-good-works, to whom Saunders wrote" appealing for aid in a business venture, and expressing his fear that he was being targeted by a white businessman "because of my being a coloured man." See: LCP, Negro History, 1553-1903, #74, being an 1822 ALS written to Vaux.