RÉFLEXIONS D'UN CULTIVATEUR AMÉRICAIN, SUR LE PROJET D'ABOLIR L'ESCLAVAGE & LA TRAITE DES NÈGRES
by [Jacquemart, Nicolas-François]
London; Paris: Lagrange, 1788. ,99pp. 12mo. Stitched in original plain blue wrappers. A few chips in text and wrapper edges, and at spine extremities, corners slightly rumpled. Small area of soiling at foot of titlepage and several initial leaves, otherwise internally quite clean. Very good, in original condition. Untrimmed. A French tract arguing against the abolition of slavery in the United States. The author makes the familiar claim that political and economic constraints prevent the freeing of the slaves and the prohibition of the practice, despite its inherent evil. Although the book respresents itself as a translation of a treatise by an American planter, it is really the work of Nicolas- François Jacquemart, a struggling book seller first in Sedan and then in Paris, who was perhaps trying to drum up some sales. A curious but fascinating source for the European debate over American slavery, and scarce, with OCLC recording copies at only five American institutions. SABIN 35511. BNF 30640372. OCLC 457422801.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51863)
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