An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans.

New York: John S. Taylor, 1836.

Price: $9,500.00

About the item

Second edition and first edition published in New York (originally published in Boston in 1833). Presentation copy inscribed to Caroline Weston. 216pp. 8vo. Brown cloth blocked in blind. A couple of horizontal tears and erosion at the edges of the cloth on the spine, spine ends chipped, corners rubbed, and some foxing mostly on the first and last few leaves, a sound about good copy. BAL 3116.

Item #338676

Inscribed by the author: "To Caroline Weston, from his affectionate friend, L. M. Child." Caroline Weston served as Vice President of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, founded October 1833. The group published the newsletter, *The Liberty Bell*, which was edited by Child. Weston and Child were personal friends and frequent correspondents, and many of their existing letters are available online.
An excellent association copy of an important book. "In 1833 Child was probably the best - known woman writer in America. She was the author of popular novels like *Hobomok* (1823) and a best-selling advice manual called *The Frugal Housewife* (1829), and founder of the nation's first children's magazine, *The Juvenile Miscellany.* But as she predicted in the preface of this volume of protest against slavery and racism, this book made her very unpopular with many former admirers and readers. It is one of the first major American abolitionist texts, and in its arguments in favor of admitting African-Americans into full membership in society, one of the most radical." (Railton. University of Virginia). Bound in book cloth, this represents the earlier days of books being bound in cloth manufactured specially for that purpose, and the earliest examples were markedly fragile. Thus survival in the original cloth is uncommon.