Lot #214
Anti-Slavery Ephemera

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Estimate: $1000+


Collection of important slavery-related ephemera from the 18th and 19th centuries, including:

1. Two pages from the "Acts and Laws" of the State of Connecticut, printed in New London in 1784 by Timothy Green, with "an Act concerning Indian, Molatto, and Negro Servants, and Slaves," declaring "Free Negroes not to Travel without a Pass" and that "Slaves set Free to be maintain'd by their late Owners in case they come to want."

2. Booklet entitled "The Speech of William Wilberforce, Representative for the County of York, on Wednesday, the 13th of May, 1789, on the Question of the Abolition of the Slave Trade," printed at London by the Logographic Press, 76 pages, with substantial damage to the last few pages.

3. Disbound pro-slavery booklet entitled "A Treatise on the Patriarchal or Co-Operative System of Society as it exists in some governments, and colonies in America, and in the United States, under the Name of Slavery, with its necessity and advantages," by an Inhabitant of Florida [Zephaniah Kingsley], 16 pages, second edition, 1829.

4. Four issues of "The Anti Slavery Reporter," dated January 1, 1831, March 21, 1831, April 2, 1831, and June 1, 1831, all bound without wrappers.

5. First edition of Slavery and Its Remedy by William McMichael, published in Pittsburgh in 1856 by J. S. Davidson, hardcover bound in original cloth, 221 pages.

6. Six issues of anti-slavery newspapers from the 19th-century, including: The Boston Recorder (January 29, 1820); The New-England Palladium & Commercial Advertiser (December 19, 1826); The Columbian Centinel (August 31, 1831); The Liberator (April 25, 1851); and The New-York Daily Tribune (2: January 11, 1850 and June 16, 1854).

7. Rare hand-tinted steel engraving entitled "Masquerade Ball of Harmony Circle," held in the New Assembly Rooms, Baltimore, on March 1, 1866, by artist Henry Schroeder, 16 x 12, published by E. Bross. Seen in this print are references to the Freedmen's Bureau, created on March 3, 1865 to assist newly freed slaves.

In overall good to fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021