Item #22-4689 LETTERS OF THE LATE IGNATIUS SANCHO, An African, To Which Is Prefixed, Memoirs Of His Life [two volumes in one]. Ignatius Sancho.
LETTERS OF THE LATE IGNATIUS SANCHO, An African, To Which Is Prefixed, Memoirs Of His Life [two volumes in one]
LETTERS OF THE LATE IGNATIUS SANCHO, An African, To Which Is Prefixed, Memoirs Of His Life [two volumes in one]

LETTERS OF THE LATE IGNATIUS SANCHO, An African, To Which Is Prefixed, Memoirs Of His Life [two volumes in one]

Printed by Brett Smith, For Richard Moncrieffe: Dublin, 1784. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #22-4689

Frontis, 6.5 x 4", full tree calf, highly gilt decorated spine panels- urns and sunbursts, red spine label "Sancho's Letters", xiii, 310pp. Covers worn and rubbed, spine very rubbed, worn and splitting from top edge. Outer hinges starting, inner hinges cracked, minor worming, ink name on title page (Mary Bond), light creasing to a few corners else very good condition. Textblock tight. Continuously paginated: Volume I: 1-146, Volume II 147-310. Frontis of the author is after a portrait painted of him by Thomas Gainsborough. Charles Ignatius Sancho, c. 1729-1780, born on a slave ship, was a British abolitionist, a businessman, composer and art critic. He owned enough property that he could vote making him the first person of African ancestry in England to have voted in a general election. In a letter to a Mr. Sterne "Reverend Sir, In your tenth discourse...is this very affecting passage 'Consider how great a part or all species- in all ages down to this- have been trod under the feet of cruel and capricious tyrants, who would neither hear their cries, nor pity their distresses. Consider slavery- what it is- how bitter a draught- and how many millions are made to drink it!'. "Of all my favorite authors, not one has drawn a tear in favor of my miserable black brethren excepting yourself..." Third edition. Extremely SCARCE in any edition.

Price: $10,000.00

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