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BUTINI, Jean-François; TAUSHEV, Aleksandr Fedorovich (translator).

Afrikanskie pis'ma. [Lettres africaines].

[Lettres africaines].

Stock Code
95071
Moscow, Universitetskaya tipografiya, 1801
£2,950

a fine example of the first edition of the first translation printed on blue paper.

Of the utmost rarity we could not trace any example in WorldCat and are not aware of any having appeared on the market, including in Russia. We did find however three copies in major Russian libraries (RGB, RNB and GPIBR).

Originally published in French in 1771, Lettres africaines followed the tradition of sentimental novels, but also delivered a powerful abolitionist message.

Jean-François Butini (1747-1805) was a Swiss magistrate who had previously written a socio-economic treatise on luxury and adapted Shakespeare's Othello into French these works evolved into the present novel with its dramatic narrative and humanist perspective on personal liberty and economic practicality. Unusually, the narrative is constructed from the point of view of the enslaved, through the letters of two lovers, Phédima and Abensar. The horrors of slavery are described in detail, and the idea of abolition

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Description

First edition; small 8vo (15 x 10 cm); 250 pp., including title, [2] pp. errata; contemporary full calf, slightly rubbed, rebacked to style with red calf label lettered in gilt.

Bibliography

SK 1801-1825, 915; Sopikov 8139.

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