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[BAYS, Peter.]

A General History of Negro Slavery, collected from the most respectable evidence and unquestionable authorities.

By a late resident in the West Indies.

Cambridge [England], Printed by W. and W. Hatfield, 1826 Stock Code: 120628
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Notes

First edition of this text denouncing the slave trade, "founded in iniquity and blood", predominately concerned with the West Indies but with a chapter on slavery in the United States. Bays discusses conditions and treatment aboard slave ships, provides detailed descriptions of sugar plantations, surveys relevant West Indian legislation, and provides summaries of the opinions of prominent abolitionists such as Thomas Clarkson, Beilby Porteus, Henry Thornton, and William Wilberforce. It was intended for use in schools.

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Description

Octavo (193 x 113 mm). Original printed boards, rebacked, uncut edges.

Illustrations

Woodcut frontispiece, woodcut vignette to sectional title page of second part. Contemporary ownership inscriptions to front board and front pastedown of Frances Marie Haye[s], the latter dated 14 February 1826, with another line between those two erased.

Condition

Extremities rubbed, spine ends and corners bruised, boards discoloured and some print faded, hinges strengthened and new front free endpaper, overall a very good copy.

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