BABAY. A True Story of a good Negro Woman.; Cheap Repository. James. 1733 - 1789 Ramsay.

BABAY. A True Story of a good Negro Woman.; Cheap Repository.

Bath / London: Sold by S. Hazard .. Bath; By J. Marshall ... London; and R. White, Picadilly, London ... [n. d.]. 1st booklet printing thus (Spinney 2a). Not in the LCP/HSP Catalogue of Afro-Americana. 12 pp. P. 2 list of publications. Includes "The Comforts of Religion" (p. 6, in verse [8 stanzas of 4 lines each]) and "A True Account of a Pious Negro" (pp. 7 - 12). Woodcut vignette, of Babay, to title page. Headpiece p. 3. Small cut of a house, p. 5 bottom margin. 12mo. 6-1/8" x 3-1/2". Self-wrappers, sewn. Evidence of being previously bound (cf. Spinney, who indicated the 12mo publication intended for the bound volume). Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning throughout. Light wear, with some curling to text-block in lower right. Last leaf closed trimmed fore-edge, just affecting text block lettering [though not the sense thereof]. About Very Good. Item #45404

"The story about Babay (p. [3]-5), here printed anonymously, is by James Ramsay and first appeared in his 'An Essay on the Treatment and Conversion of African Slaves in the British Sugar Colonies' (London, 1784), p. 259-261; it was reprinted in 'The Family Magazine' for Feb. 1788 (p. 128-129), which may have been the proximate source for the Cheap Repository editions." [ESTC].

Price: $325.00

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