Works by a Pioneering Black Nationalist

    Alexander Crummell. Two Books, including: The Future of Africa: Being Addresses, Sermons, Etc., Etc., Delivered in the Republic of Liberia. New York: Charles Scribner, 1862. Second edition. Octavo. 372 pages. Appendix. Full blind-stamped black cloth; gilt lettering to spine. Yellow endpapers. Front joint splitting. Foxing to preliminary pages. Two bookplates to front pastedown. Very good. [and:] The Greatness of Christ and Other Sermons. New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1882. First edition. Octavo. viii, 352 pages, plus six pages of ads. Full blue cloth with gilt lettering and designs. Brown endpapers. Board edges and spine ends quite worn, some dampstaining and puckering to cloth. Front hinge broken, rear hinge cracked. Binding loose. Endpapers splitting; front free endpaper all but detached. Pages toned. Ownership name dated 1885 on final blank page. Bookplate. Good.

    Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) was a New York-born, University of Cambridge-educated, African-American Episcopalian priest. He was a vocal abolitionist and pioneering black nationalist who propagated the idea of Pan-Africanism and served for several years as a missionary in Liberia. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

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