Zimao, the African.

Butler (Weeden [supposed translator])

Zimao, the African.

Translated by the Rev. Weeden Butler

Description: FIRST EDITION, with a Bewickesque woodcut vignette on the title, and a tailpiece, spotted and browned, pp. xi, 105, [2, ads], 12mo, modern black morocco backed grey cloth boards by Verona Fine Hand Bindings, Kingston, Jamaica, lettered in gilt on the spine, large bookplate of Stephen Hopwood (the noted Africana collector)

Publication Details: Printed for Vernor and Hood, by S. Rousseau, 1800

Notes: Butler, Weeden (1772-1831) did make several translations, but this is probably not one, or at any rate, not from the French, set as it is in Jamaica; moreover, the text is generously interspersed with quotations and footnotes, some in French, as well as Greek, Latin and English. The novella is in effect an anti-slavery tract. The first person narrator is staying with a friend Wilmot from Philadelphia on his plantation in the interior. The American friend is kind to his slaves, lets them work for themselves two days a week and allows them to sell their produce, freeing them after ten years' goo...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T75674, BL, O, NYPL)

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Price: £3,500

Subject: History

Published Date: 1800

Stock Number: 55926

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