INSPIRING ABOLITIONIST

Some historical account of Guinea, its situation, produce, and the general disposition of its inhabitants. With an inquiry into the rise and progress of the slave trade, its nature, and lamentable effects. Also a republication of the sentiments of several authors of note on this interesting subject: particularly an extract of a treatise written by Granville Sharpe ...

Philadelphia printed 1771; London, re-printed and sold by W. Owen and E. and C. Dilly, 1772.

8vo, pp. [6], iv, 198, [6, index]; without half-title; ‘Extract from a representation of the injustice and dangerous tendency of tolerating slavery’ by Granville Sharp with own title-page (p. [145]); light foxing, a few marks; a good copy in contemporary sheep; rebacked with gilt lettering-piece, joints slightly split, some wear to corners; ‘Susana’ in 18th-century hand to front pastedown.

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Some historical account of Guinea, its situation, produce, and the general disposition of its inhabitants. With an inquiry into the rise and progress of the slave trade, its nature, and lamentable effects. Also a republication of the sentiments of several authors of note on this interesting subject: particularly an extract of a treatise written by Granville Sharpe ...

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First London edition of this highly influential work by the Quaker abolitionist Benezet (1713-84), which famously convinced Thomas Clarkson to begin his fight against slavery. ‘Benezet’s abolitionist circle of correspondents included Benjamin Franklin, Abbé Raynal, Granville Sharp, John Wesley, and John and Samuel Fothergill. Active in Philadelphia’s anti-slavery societies, Benezet helped secure emancipation in Pennsylvania ... Benezet continued to influence people even after his death. Thus in 1787 he appeared to Benjamin Rush in a dream that convinced the well-known doctor to free his slave’ (ODNB).

ESTC T143462; Sabin 4689.

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