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Bandinel, James.

SOME ACCOUNT OF THE TRADE IN SLAVES FROM AFRICA As Connected with Europe and America . . . [with ink inscription to Washington Irving].

Longman, Brown and Co, For Her Majesty's Stationery Office: London 1842 10 x 6.25, blindstamped grey-blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine, xv, 323 (including index). Disbound, covers very well worn, soiled, stained, rubbed, corners and spine tips bumped, worn and fraying, spine cover splitting along the side, endpapers soiled and spotted, scattered foxing, edge toning, soiling, a few creased corners, a few small edge tears, text block cracked, mispagination: p 49 printed as p 47 and p 257 as p255, the mispag continues on to the end of the book so there is actually 325 pp, not 323 pages, ink inscription, pencil check marks in margins, pencil note in the margin of p 81, pencil and ink notes on p 248 and ink correction on p 249 along with pencil lines drawn through a few words (appears to be contemporary, ink is the same color as used in the inscription and the handwriting is quite similar). Ink inscription, which is on the title page reads: "To Washington Irving Esq. with sincere Regard from his friend WS May 1842." Irving was acquainted with fellow novelist William Gilmore Simms but his autograph doesn’t match the inscription. Perhaps it is that of poet William Spencer who was Irving’s roommate in the 1820s or William L. Stone, the editor of the Commercial Advertiser and the author of "The Poetry and History of Wyoming" in which Irving wrote a biographical sketch of Stone. James Bandinel, 1783-1849, a writer on slavery who worked for decades for the British Foreign Office until his retirement and was the younger brother of Bulkeley Bandinel, the keeper of the Bodleian Library. From "The Notice" in "Some Account": "The Extinction of the Trade in Slaves from Africa has been an object of desire with the people of this country for the last half-century: and they have repeatedly urged the Crown and the Government to make every endeavor possible to effect it. . . " The book is divided into three parts: Part I. "Introduction of the African Slave Trade into Europe and Progress of It Among European Nations," Part II. "Abandonment of the Trade by England," Part III. "Efforts of the British Government with Other Governments to Effect the Entire Extinction of the Trade," with 3-5 chapters each, plus a "Summary" and the index. Washington Irving’s copy. Sold as is. Very scarce. FIRST ED.

Book Id: 98-3643

Price: $3,995.00

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