[Item #57411] The Slave: or, Memoirs of Archy Moore. AFRICAN AMERICANA, SLAVERY, ABOLITION, Richard HILDRETH.

The Slave: or, Memoirs of Archy Moore

Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, 1846. Sixth Edition. Two volumes bound in one; small octavo (20cm.); publisher's embossed cloth, titled in gilt on spine,123,[1],115pp. Slight rubbing and wear to cloth, heavier at board corners and with small loss at crown of spine; text tight and unmarked but moderately foxed; sound and Good. Contemporary ownership signature ("Lucia A Haynes") to front free endpaper.

A popular and much-reprinted anti-slavery novel, though its sensational portrayal of an incestuous triangle between the protagonist Archy, his sister Cassy, and their father Colonel Moore generally inspired disgust more than abolitionist sympathy among contemporary reviewers. However, the novel did provide "first-hand observation of Southern plantation life and slavery conditions" (Friedland, p. 129) based on the two years the author spent in Florida for the benefit of his health. (For additional information see Louis S. Friedland, "Richard Hildreth's Minor Works," in "The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America," Vol. 40, no. 2, 2nd Quarter, 1946.) LCP AFRO-AMERICANA 4798-4800 for other editions; SABIN 31790; WRIGHT I 1189.

Price: $300.00

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