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    With the Most Iconic Anti-Slavery Images Ever Produced

    [William Fox]. An Abridgment of the Evidence Delivered Before a Select Committee of the House of Commons, in the Years 1790 and 1791, on the Part of the Petitioners for the Abolition of the Slave-Trade. London: James Phillips, 1792.

    First edition. Twelvemo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 170 x 118 mm.). 24 pages. With a folding plate (16 x 7.5 inches; 405 x 190 mm.), printed recto and verso, featuring seven woodcut figures of plans from the British slave ship Brookes (the cuts from "Description of a Slave Ship" (London: James Phillips, 1789)). [bound together with:] [William Fox]. An Address to the People of Great Britain, on the Utility of Refraining from the Use of West India Sugar and Rum, The Fourth Edition corrected. London: Printed by I. Phillips ... [for] M. Gurney, 1791. Fourth edition. Twelvemo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 170 x 118 mm.). 12 pages. [and:] [William Fox]. An Address to the People of Great Britain, on the Propriety of Abstaining from West India Sugar and Rum. ... The Twelfth Edition, with Additions. [London]: Sold by M. Gurney ... [and] C. Forster, 1791. Twelfth edition. Twelvemo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 170 x 118 mm.). 12 pages. [and:] The Lawfulness of Defensive War Upon Christian Principles Impartially Considered. London: Printed for and sold by Darton and Harvey, 1798. First edition. Twelvemo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 170 x 118 mm.). 12 pages. Half reddish-brown leatherette over marbled boards, smooth spine lettered in gilt. A few instances of contemporary marginalia. Folding plate with some minor spotting and a few instances of light discoloration, mostly to top edge, which is also chipped in a few places, affecting the top portion of Figure V. Lower outer corner with a 3 x .5 inch (75 x 12 mm.) bit of loss, affecting the lower portion of Figure III. A zig-zag tear to the inner margin repaired with tape on verso. Overall a very good copy.

    The highlight of this wonderful collection of Quaker-influenced pamphlets from the late eighteenth century is surely William Fox's Abridgment of the Evidence ... on the Part of the Petitioners for the Abolition of the Slave-Trade, which features some of the most iconic anti-slavery images ever produced: The plans from "Description of a Slave Ship" printed by James Phillips in 1789, and most famously reproduced as a copper engraving in Thomas Clarkson's The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the Slave-Trade by the British Parliament (London: R. Taylor & Co., 1808). These seven woodcuts were first produced by Phillips for a broadside published three years prior to the publication of Fox's pamphlet; reproduced time and again in abolitionist literature in Britain (and later in the United States), the folding plate here is significant because it was printed from the very same blocks used for the original 1789 broadside, and here printed recto and verso, undoubtedly as a cost-saving measure.


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