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HAYTIAN PAPERS. A COLLECTION OF THE VERY INTERESTING PROCLAMATIONS AND OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, TOGETHER WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND PRESENT STATE OF THE KINGDOM OF HAYTI
Boston. 1818.. Boston. 1818.. 156pp. Original orange printed boards. Spine partially perished, boards lightly warped and soiled. Light foxing and toning. Contemporary inscription on fly leaf. Very good. In a half morocco and cloth box, spine gilt. The first American edition, after the first London edition of 1816, of this work by an African American author. Prince Saunders (1775-1839) attended Dartmouth and later taught for four years at Boston's African School. In 1816 he became adviser to Haitian Emperor Henri Christophe, where he set up schools and promoted emigration to Haiti for American Blacks. After Christophe was overthrown (and committed suicide) in 1821, Saunders returned to America, but he later emigrated back to Haiti to escape racial persecution. At the time of his death, Saunders was serving as attorney general of Haiti. The fly leaf bears a presentation inscription from John James to Robert Moore, M.D., dated 1818. James was a Quaker merchant, long involved with the abolitionist movements. In the autumn of 1818, while Saunders was in Philadelphia, James introduced him to Spanish ambassador Don Luis Onìs. Both James and Moore, also a fellow Quaker, were party to the 1783 Quaker Anti- Slavery Petition, which was submitted to the Continental Congress in the form of an Address from the Friend's Yearly Meeting. Dr. Moore's wife was also elected the first president of the Female Anti-Slavery Society when it was formed in 1833. Relatively scarce on the market. ABPC shows only two copies of this edition at auction, both appearing over thirty years ago. This copy is truly lovely, in the original boards and with an interesting and important association. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 45637. SABIN 29578. www.blackpast.org
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