July 2022 Catalogue

Black Americana and Abolition – 10 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “Slavery Extinguishes All The Rights Of Man” 12. BOURNE, George. Picture of Slavery. Boston, 1838. Octavo, original green cloth, original printed paper spine label. $2600. First Boston edition of Bourne’s provocative work, featuring 11 woodcut-engraved illustrations of slavery’s “appalling and atrocious criminality,” exceptional in unrestored original cloth. “One of the first radical abolitionists… [Bourne] was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833) and a regular contributor to Garrison’s famous paper The Liberator” (ANB). He “published Book and Slavery Irreconcilable (1816), the first sustained examination of the relationship between slavery and the Bible in the U.S.” (ANB), and, in 1834, issued an extensively revised and expanded version in the first edition of Picture of Slavery. First Boston edition, issued by famed abolitionist publisher Isaac Knapp, preceded only by the exceedingly rare 1834 Middletown, Connecticut first edition. Without half title. Interior generally fresh with faint occasional marginal dampstaining. A near-fine copy in original cloth. First Edition Of Massachusetts’ Report On The Deliverance Of Citizens, Liable To Be Sold As Slaves, 1839 13. BRADBURN, George. Report on the Deliverance of Citizens, Liable to Be Sold as Slaves. House… No. 38. Boston, 1839. Octavo, original cream printed self-wrappers. $4000. First edition of the landmark 1839 Massachusetts Report firmly referencing the Constitution’s privileges and immunities clause in presenting the state’s “first formal protest against the laws of racial discrimination,” uncut in original self-wrappers. At the 1839 meeting of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, Wendell Phillips urged abolitionists to mount a challenge against southern coastal states that seized Massachusetts citizens and sold them into slavery. Not long after, there appeared “a 28-page report addressed to the state legislature,” signed by George Bradburn, a young minister from Nantucket. In its first official printing herein, Bradburn prominently cites Article IV, Section II of the U.S. Constitution, known as the privileges and immunities clause, and documents those states in violation of the clause. Bradburn’s work marks the state’s “first formal protest against the laws of racial discrimination along the southern coast” (Glass, 898-900). Rear leaf containing the four proposed Resolves. Owner signature on front wrapper. Text quite fresh with faint scattered foxing, small gutter-edge holes. A very scarce near-fine copy.