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25 October 2007
SANCHO, Ignatius (1729-1780). Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African. To which are prefixed, Memoirs of his Life. London: J. Nichols, 1782. 2 volumes, 8°. Engraved portrait by Bartolozzi after Gainsborough in vol.I and a frontispiece in vol.II, list of subscribers, half-titles. Contemporary tree calf (slightly worn). Provenance: Mary Phillips, 1800 (signature on an endpaper).
FIRST EDITION of the Letters of the autodidact Ignatius Sancho, born on a slave ship and brought from the West Indies to England when only two years old. At the time of his death he was the Duke of Montagu's butler, but counted Garrick and Sterne among his friends. (2)
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