July 2022 Catalogue

Black Americana and Abolition – 9 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Exceedingly Scarce First English Edition Of Benezet’s Pioneering Work, A Caution To Great Britain And Her Colonies, 1767 10. BENEZET, Anthony. A Caution and Warning to GreatBritain, And Her Colonies, In A Short Representation of The Calamitous State of the Enslaved Negroes In the British Dominions. Philadelphia, 1767. Slim octavo, later marbled paper wrappers, custom clamshell box. $5500. Rare 1767 American edition, the first published with an excerpt of leading British abolitionist Granville Sharp’s 1766 Sermon on “the injustice and dangerous tendency of tolerating slavery,” the first appearance of Sharp’s Sermon in America. This volume issued in Philadelphia a year after the virtually unobtainable first edition. “The campaign to abolish transatlantic slavery effectively began in Philadelphia in the 1750s, 20 years before the American Revolution, and at its epicenter was Anthony Benezet… [H]e deserves to be regarded as the ‘father of Atlantic abolitionism’” (Crosby, 1-2). Benezet’s Caution employs “a refined and polished argument… wielded like a laser scalpel to excise the practice of slavery from the British dominions.” With Caution, Benezet fundamentally “set the tone for much of the debate over slavery during the [American] revolutionary period” (Nash, 97). Without four-page extract at rear from a March 1767 Address by Arthur Lee, often lacking. Text expertly cleaned with residual light dampstaining, a few minor marginal paper repairs. Rare Panoramic Photograph Of WWII Black Soldiers Of The 318th Combat Engineers 11. (BLACK HISTORY) Panoramic photograph. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, circa 1943. Gelatin silver print (measures 8 by 33-1/2 inches); matted and framed, entire piece measures 34-1/2 by 13 inches. $3400. Exceptional panoramic photograph of WWII Black soldiers of the 318th Combat Engineers, who served in the segregated 93rd Infantry Division that fought in the Pacific. Ordered to the Pacific in early 1944, the 318th Combat Engineers in the 93rd Infantry “disembarked at several points in the South Pacific before being assigned mainly to the Russells (Banika), Vella Lavella, Guadalcanal, and New Georgia” (Jefferson, 84-90, 158). Photographic studio imprint on the verso: “LaPerla Studio.” Fine condition.