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SA Auction #93 begins on 19 Aug 2021

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Torrey (Jesse)


With reflections on the practicability of restoring the moral rights of the Slave, without impairing the legal privileges of the possessor;

Published: Published by the Author (john Bioren, Printer), Philadelphia, 1817

Edition: First Edition

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and a Project of a Colonial Asylum for Free Persons of Colour:  

Including Memoirs of Facts on the Interior Traffic in Slaves, and on Kidnapping. Illustrated with Engravings. 

By Jesse Torrey, Jun. Physician. Author of a Series of Essays on Morals and the Diffusion of Knowledge. 

First edition: vii, 94 pages, engraved frontispiece, 5 engraved plates, printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, page edges uncut, signature ‘Edward Taylor’ at the top of the title page. The paper covers are spotted, apart from some minor staining on the last few leaves the contents are bright. Remarkable in the original state complete with all the plates.  

‘Early in the nineteenth century, Philadelphia physician Jesse Torrey compiled a broad range of interviews, narratives and his own first-hand observations into an illustrated volume appropriately entitled, A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery in the United States, published in Philadelphia in 1817. 

'Torrey's book contained several engravings related to slave kidnappings, a profitable underground industry that thrived during the period. Free blacks were especially vulnerable to kidnappers, who would sell them into slavery using forged documents.’ 


Pages 65-83, ‘A Picture of Africa At Home’, is an account of Africa drawn from the Mungo Park’s Journal of Travels in the Interior of Africa in 1795-6-7. 

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: Size: 8vo (230 x 150 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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