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A Preliminary Essay, on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which is added, A Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini 1801
Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, by John W. Scott 1804. First edition. Small octavo. 282 [1] errata pp. Frontispiece illustration. Contemporary full tree calf with red morocco spine label gilt. Jojnts professionally reinforced, modest chipping at the foot, still a handsome, very good or better copy. According to at least one source, the frontispiece woodcut illustration signed by James Poupard, a native of Martinique, of a slave couple being forcibly parted by a slave driver or auctioneer, is one of the earliest anti-slavery illustrations in an American book (asserted by at least one source, as the first by an American to appear in a book). Thomas Branagan was an Irish slave trader, privateer, and plantation overseer who found good and worked tirelessly to alleviate the burden of slaves and the downtrodden.
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