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"THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR ABOLITION" OF THE SLAVE TRADE

(SLAVE TRADE) CLARKSON, Thomas. Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade. London, 1788.

First edition of one of the first works by British abolitionist Thomas Clarkson, whose groundbreaking research into the slave trade proved a turning point in the anti-slavery struggle. This copy possesses a distinctive contemporary provenance in containing the owner signature on the title page attributed to English abolitionist and parliamentary leader Thomas Whitmore, who was seen by Wilberforce as a successor and was Vice-President of the Anti-Slavery Society. A rare uncut copy in original boards. $6800.

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"THE OFFICIAL WHISTLE-BLOWER OF THE HORRORS OF TRANSATLANTIC SLAVERY": EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF THOMAS CLARKSON'S FIRST WORK, ESSAY ON THE SLAVERY AND COMMERCE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES, 1786

(CLARKSON, Thomas). Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species. London, Printed: Philadelphia, 1786.

First American edition of Clarkson's extremely scarce first published work, preceded by the same year’s first English edition, his “famous prize essay”” on the abolition of slavery,” igniting the campaign “for one of the fundamental rights of man” (PMM 232). $4500.

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