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THE AMERICAN MUSEUM: OR REPOSITORY OF ANCIENT AND MODERN FUGITIVE PIECES, &C PROSE AND POETICAL. Volume VI, July to December 1789
Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1789. First Edition. Hardcover. A spectacular copy, Fine and fresh inside and out, with a fine association to boot. Octavo (5" x 8-3/8") bound in contemporary sheep with gilt rules on the spine and a gilt-lettered burgundy morocco spine label; [iv], [5]-492, 46, [6] pages. Includes the July - December 1789 issues of this, one of the most important miscellaneous magazines of the eighteenth century. This volume is dedicated to George Washington. Includes one text illustration of a black boy born without arms and 20 articles on African Americans including William Stanhope Smith's "Essay of the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and figure in the human species" and Ben Franklin's "Address to the Public from the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, and the Relief of Free Negroes, unlawfully held in Bondage." An interesting insight into the mindset of 18th-century America as regards people of African descent. A 46-page section at the end records the doings of the Continental Congress, followed by a six-page index. Other articles include an account of the Society of Drunkards in Pennsylvania; An account and illustration of the deformed African-American boy called Prince; Letter regarding the pre-European fortifications found in Kentucky and Muskingum; The benefits of exercise in preference to medicine; William Penn's description of Pennsylvania; Account of the effects of elecricity in paralytic cases by Benjamin Franklin; Experiments on the cultivation of the poppy plant and the method of procuring opium; Remarkable case of a belly musket ball wound in a seaman where his feces came out his belly; The discovery of Vinland/America by Icelanders in the 11th century; The impracticability of a north west passage; Whether poor people should receive an education or not; Oration in praise of drunkenness; A column on the horrid custom of eating human flesh in Sumatra; etc. SIGNED on the dedication page: "John Gladstone/1790 - Liverpool" with his Fasquel House bookplate on the front pastedown. John Gladstone's wealth was based on trade with Calcutta and later Virginia tobacco and American grain. He acquired large sugar plantations in Jamaica and British Guiana where he used slave labor. When the slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1833, he was active in obtaining compensation for slave owners. He himself received the modern equivalent of millions of dollars for the 2,508 slaves he owned across nine plantations. After the abolition of slavery, Gladstone used Indentured servants from India to work in slavery-like conditions in his sugar plantations. He he was the father of William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister under Queen Victoria, one of the most significant politicians of the 19th century.
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