Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 54

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 800
"AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER" (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--JUVENILE.) WOOD, S[AMUEL]. The Instructive Alphabet. 44 unnumbered pages. Woodcut head and tail-pieces; original stiff wrappers with larger woodcut vignettes; page 42 with woodcut of Wedgewood's famous image of the kneeling slave with the caption "Am I not a Man and a Brother?" Some light wear with a one inch closed split at the top of the spine; small, 1/2 inch of blank margin of the title-page torn away. New York, 1816

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probable fourth american edition of this interesting anti-slavery alphabet. Normal in all respects, but for a woodcut of Wedgewood''s noted kneeling slave ("Am I not a Man and a Brother)" with the whole of Cowper''s poem, "The Negro''s Complaint" printed at the end of the work. Welsh,643.4; Shaw and Shoemaker, 4441. Quite scarce. OCLC locates no copies of the 1800 edition, five of the 1812 and only 3 copies of the 1814.