London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
SLAVERY -- An Abstract of the Evidence delivered before ... the House of Commons in the Years 1790 and 1791; on the part of the Petitioners for the Abolition of the Slave-Trade. Edinburgh: Glasgow and Edinburgh Societies Instituted for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1791. 8° (178 x 97mm), folding engraved plate and map. (Occasional light spotting and browning, repaired marginal tear to plate.) Contemporary half calf, rebacked (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: John Anderson, University of Glasgow (1726-1796, bookplate).
ASSOCIATION COPY belonging to a member of the Scottish enlightenment. This is one of two Edinburgh issues, complete with the initial advertisement leaf, map of West Africa, and plate showing the inhumane arrangements for the trans-Atlantic shipping of slaves. John Anderson became Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University in 1757, and was also active in the Glasgow Literary Society. In his will he left instructions that his estate was to be used to found a new university in Glasgow. While this never came about, his executors managed to establish Anderson's Institution, which survives to this day in transmuted form as Strathclyde University.
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