Description:

Slave Market of America, Broadside. New York: printed by William Dorr for the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836.
Broadside on paper, illustrated with nine wood engravings, old folds and damage, two holes with loss to two of the illustrations, fragmentary at top with losses to the first word in the title, toned, water spots, edge and corner chips with loss to blank margins, fly specking, encapsulated in archival film, 28 x 21 3/4 in.

"A broadside condemning the sale and keeping of slaves in the District of Columbia. The work was issued during the 1835-36 petition campaign, waged by moderate abolitionists led by Theodore Dwight Weld and buttressed by Quaker organizations, to have Congress abolish slavery in the capital. The text contains arguments for abolition and an accounting of atrocities of the system. At the top are two contrasting scenes: a view of the reading of the Declaration of Independence, captioned "The Land of the Free," with a scene of slaves being led past the capitol by an overseer, entitled "The Home of the Oppressed." Between them is a plan of Washington with insets of a suppliant slave (see "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" no. 1837- ) and a fleeing slave with the legend "$200 Reward" and implements of slavery. On the next line are views of the jail in Alexandria, the jail in Washington with the "sale of a free citizen to pay his jail fees," and an interior of the Washington jail with imprisoned slave mother Fanny Jackson and her children. On the bottom level are an illustration of slaves in chains emerging from the slave house of J.W. Neal & Co. (left), a view of the Alexandria waterfront with a ship loading slaves (center), and a view of the slave establishment of Franklin & Armfield in Alexandria." (Quoted from the Yale University Library description found on the Worldcat website.)
Estimate $2,000-3,000


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Lot 265     California, Gold Rush. Robert H. Ellis (fl. circa 1850) Map of the Gold Region of California.

Description:

California, Gold Rush. Robert H. Ellis (fl. circa 1850) Map of the Gold Region of California. New York: George F. Nesbitt, 1850.
Lithographic map on paper, with an inset of the Exchange buildings in San Francisco, a reprint, with updates but no credits, of William A. Jackson's Map of the Mining District of California, of the same year; encapsulated in archival film, without adhesion to the piece, evenly toned, some large spots, repaired along folds with adhesive tape to verso with attendant discoloration, chip at top margin and two corners, with loss of imprint at bottom right, rare, 15 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.
Estimate $800-1,000


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.