First Translated Edition

    Henri Gregoire. An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes; Followed with an Account of the Life and Works of Fifteen Negroes & Mulattoes, Distinguished in Science, Literature and the Arts. Brooklyn: Thomas Kirk, 1810.

    First translated edition. Octavo. 253 pages.

    Contemporary full sheep with gilt stamped spine. Extremities rubbed and scuffed. Pages toned with some dampstaining to several front and rear leaves. Bookplate on front pastedown. Small areas of worming on the inside boards. Overall, an about very good copy.

    Originally published in Paris in 1808 and here translated into English by D. B. Warden. An important early defense of the intellectual capabilities of black individuals. Among those covered in the biographical section are several Americans, including Phyllis Wheatley. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Sabin 28728.

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