Philadelphia: Joseph Crukshank in Market Street, 1774. First edition. Two volumes bound in one, with separate titles and continuous register. Contemporary sheep with modern morocco spine label; some cracking to outer joints and a bit of repairwork to hinges and corners. In all, a square and pleasing copy. Measuring 200 x 120mm. Internally with some foxing and toning, as is typical of the era. Contemporary ownership signatures of James Willson to front pastedown, front endpapers, and rear endpapers, else unmarked. Front signature a bit proud; rear endpaper partially detached. Collating complete with both titles: xiv, , 436. A scarce and important work by the early American Quaker abolitionist.
An itinerant Quaker preacher, John Woolman was also a very early, outspoken abolitionist who published numerous essays in his lifetime. Traveling the North East, he used his platform to decry all forms of inequality and cruelty --
"the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustice and oppression, and military conscription" (Evans). The present work contains some of his most influential pieces, among them his anti-slavery essay Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes. A foundational work for racial justice in America.
ESTC N508303 & W29718. (Item #4196)