Bibliography of an Early Black Bibliophile, circa 1906

ADGER, Robert M. (1837-1910). Catalogue of Rare Books on Slavery and Negro Authors on Science, History, Poetry, Religion, Biography, Etc. From the Private Collection of Robert M. Adger.  Philadelphia: Robert M. Adger, n.d. [1906?].

Slim 12mo (110 x 198 mm). (Some pencil marginalia). Original wraps, staple bound (light soiling, wrappers detached). 

FIRST EDITION of the bibliography of Robert M. Adger, a prominent African American bibliophile and businessman who was the director of the Philadelphia Building and Loan Association, one of the first African American mortgage companies. During the Civil War, he joined the Black Enlistment Committee to assist in recruiting Black soldiers and organized the Fraternal Society in 1860. In 1865, he was a delegate at the first state conference in Harrisburg to discuss the creation of a Pennsylvania Equal Rights League. He would help to found the Afro-American Historical Society which would house his collection of rare books and ephemera. His collection, listed here, includes rare titles on slavery and abolition, as well as early works by Black and African American authors. Scarce, OCLC locates only three copies. 

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