History of Slavery Greece Rome United States 1858 huge illustrated leather bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Abolitionist Books, Leather Books, History of Slavery, Illustrated Books).
The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade, Ancient and Modern. The Forms of Slavery That Prevailed in Ancient Nations, Particularly in Greece and Rome. The African Slave Trade and the Political History of Slavery in the United States.
Published 1858, Columbus, Ohio by J. & H. Miller.
832 pages. Text in English. Steel engraved frontis. Illustrated throughout with 8 (mostly wood) engraved plates.
Period full leather binding, smooth spine, gilt bands & compartment decorations, gilt title lettering, embossed cover decorations.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Book is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding gently rubbed and age worn, leather still supple, joints slightly scuffed, 3" crack at base of front joint (covers still strongly and firmly attached), remains overall attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently toned, light to moderate / heavy scattered age spotting, a few early contents pages slightly askew to rest of text block, internally still well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this monumental and significant historical pre-Civil War American book survives.
Book Measures c. 10 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W.
"Blake is clearly anti-slavery ("Slavery is inconsistent with the moral nature of man"), but attempts to present both sides of the ongoing argument. He gives a detailed account of the history of slavery from ancient times, but devotes about half of this long volume to the slavery question in 19th century America, including discussions about and reprinted texts from the Dred Scott decision, the Compromise of 1850, and more. The historical discussion is illustrated by a number of (woode) engraved plates depicting a variety of historical plantation and slave trafficking scenes.". [Reese, New Haven].