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    The British navy fought to keep the slave trade off the West African coast as the American Civil War drew near in 1859. These two ship's logs from the British ship HMS Antelope record the movements of this slave-busting ship through the South Atlantic Ocean.

    This two-volume set documents the passage of the ship not only in elaborate, eloquent script but also in hand-drawn pencil sketches, diagrams of the ships, and watercolor representations of the islands the ship visited in enforcing the British prohibition against slavery. Just some of the images, works of art in themselves include the following:
    --A watercolor in the form of a scroll introducing the logs as noted by the date "From 3rd Dec 1856 till 20th March 1859, Commanded by Lieutenant John Wm. Pike, Kept by Geo. E. G. Jackson, Master's Asst."
    --A beautiful pencil sketch of the Antelope capturing the Slave Schooner Jupiter.
    --A detailed schematic that serves as a frontispiece for one of the volumes.
    --A page of four beautiful watercolor views of Ascension Island visited by the Antelope.
    --A fold out page drawing showing the "plans of the skids for the stowage of troop boats on board HMS Pearl.
    --On one page, Jackson makes the notation that the Antelope has "weighed (anchor) and proceeded under steam Cressy in tow." Attached to that same page is a watercolor of the Antelope towing the Cressy.
    --Another watercolor depicts Table Mountain island beside an entry in the log made in Jackson's hand which records the ship's visit.

    Maintained by the ship's Master's Assistant George E. G. Jackson, these meticulous accounts of the travels of this ship are a very rare insight into the British navy's maneuvers in suppressing the slave trade before the Civil War in the United States that would all but end the market for slavery.

    Measuring 10 7/8" x 12 5/8", these leatherbound volumes are in remarkably good condition considering the extensive passage on the high seas they have endured. Stamped "Log By Geo. E. G. Jackson" in gold on the binding, they are approximately 200 pages each in length with very slight foxing and water stains on few pages. A 14" x 11" framed color print of the capture of a slave ship is included with these two volumes.

    Condition: The two volumes are in good condition with the gold-stamped bindings intact. There has been one watercolor from one of the volumes removed.

    Provenance: The Headley Nautical Collection

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    December, 2007
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