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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) An Act for Extending and Improving the Trade to Africa. Pages -563. Folio, modern wrappers; minimal foxing. London: Thomas Baskett, 1750
Estimate $700 - 1,000
This important act offered freedom--to the slave traders. The traffic had previously been restricted to the Royal African Company. "Whereas the trade to and from Africa is very advantageous to Great Britain, and necessary for the supplying the Plantations and Colonies thereunto belonging with a sufficient Number of Negroes, at reasonable rates; and for that purpose the said Trade ought to be free and open to all his Majesty's Subjects . . . it shall and may be lawful for all of his Majesty's Subjects to trade and traffick to and from any Port or Place in Africa, between the Port of Sally in South Barbary, and the Cape of Good Hope." None traced at auction since 1984.