"Life In Philadelphia", ten illustrations by illustrator/satirist Edward Williams Clay showing African-Americans in Philadelphia in Thomas Hood's "The New Comic Annual"

Hurst, Chance & Co.: London, nd (1830s). Hardcover. Good. Item #21-6371

Illus., 6.5 x 4" brown boards, black leather spine with gilt lettering, aeg, xvi, 284pp. Covers well worn, soiled and spotted, spine cocked, scattered foxing and soiling, mispagination (279 as 281 and this is how it appears in the table of contents), lacks 285-286 (last page) else good. Clay was well known for his satirical illustrations, the most famous ones are in "Life In Philadelphia" but he is not credited in this book as are many of the other contributors. This series of drawings illustrates a story with the same name about three gentlemen discussing slavery "these here Negroes knows nothing about liberty or slavery!" for a glass of real Jamaica they would sell themselves!" Other stories (various illustrators): "Composing And De-Composing", "Puns On Punning", "Reasons For Drinking", "Washing A Black Man White". SCARCE.

Price: $75.00

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