SANCHO, Ignatius (circa 1729?-1780). Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African. In Two Volumes. To Which are Prefixed, Memoirs of His Life. London: J. Nichols: 1782.

1 volume (of 2, lacking volume II), 12mo (115 x 173 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait by Francesco Bartolozzi after Thomas Gainsborough. (Very occasional light spotting.) Near-contemporary marbled calf, smooth spine gilt, 2 gilt morocco spine labels, 1 red and 1 black (light wear to extremities). 

FIRST EDITION of the posthumous work edited two years after Ignatius Sancho's death. One of the earliest accounts of African slavery written in English by a former enslaved person. Blockson quotes Vernon Loggins, "his letters...form a work not equaled perhaps in charm and literary merit by another butler, white or black, before Sancho's day or since. The more than one thousand subscribers listed in the volume include many of the nobility and other persons of prominence." The work was extremely popular and at least 5 additional editions were issued by 1802. Blockson concludes: "any edition of his work is indispensable to the study of black literature." Blockson 01, 11; ESTC T100345; Sabin 76310. 


[SÁ NOGUEIRA DE FIGUEIREDO, Bernardo de, 1st Marquis of Sá da Bandeira (1795-1876)]. The Slave Trade, and Lord Palmerston's Bill. N.p., 1840. 

8vo (134 x 205 mm). Two identical title pages. (Some spotting and stain to edge affecting title pages.) 20th century marbled boards with black gilt morocco label on front board.

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION published the same year as the Portuguese edition O trafico de escravatura, e o Bill de Lord Palmerston by Sá Nogueira de Figueiredo, a Portuguese nobleman, politician, and most prominent Portuguese advocate for the abolition of slavery. He served as the Prime Minister of Portugal five times during the 19th century as well as a brief appointment as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the British government. Here, he writes a history of attempts to abolish the slave trade and a defense of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), a career politician and avowed abolitionist whose attempts to abolish the slave trade was a consistent element of his foreign policy. RARE: OCLC locates only 2 copies. 


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