Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 376

Price Realized: $ 4,560
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
WHEATLEY, PHILLIS. Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native of Africa and a Slave. Also Poems by a Slave. Portrait frontispiece. 115 pages to the first portion of the text, followed by an "Explanation" of who the slave poet is in the second section, followed by a two page Preface and 32 pages of poems (pages 125-155). Small 8vo, original blind-stamped green cloth with the title in gilt up the spine; front free end paper partially torn away; some foxing throughout. Boston: Isaac Knapp, 1838

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third edition of the Knapp edition of the Poems by Wheatley and first Knapp edition of the poems by George Moses Horton. Horton (1797-1893) was truly one of North Carolina's first poets. Though a slave, his master recognized Horton's inate poetical talent and not only allowed him a certain degree of freedom not given the other slaves, but paid for the publication of a book of Horton's poems, The Hope of Liberty. Raleigh: J. Gales and Son, 1829. There followed a Philadelphia edition of 1837 and then the present excerpts from Horton's work.