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GRONNIOSAW, James Albert Ukawsaw
A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, As Related by Himself
Leeds: Printed by Davies and Booth, 1811. Good. First Leeds edition. Preface by Reverend Walter Shirley. 12mo. 32pp. Self-wrappers. Removed from a bound volume. First leaf soiled and smudged, chips on the edges of two leaves affecting no text, small tears, a good only copy. Originally published at Bath in 1772 and at subsequent other locations and editions, this was the first slave narrative published in the English langauge. Gronniosaw (also known as James Albert) was probably from Bornu (now in northeastern Nigeria). He was captured and sold to a minister in New York. After the minister died he enlisted as a cook with a privateer, and later as a soldier in the British army, until he finally settled in England. He died in 1775. Uncommon edition of this slave narrative.
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA
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