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SANCHO, Ignatius.

Letters of the late Ignatius Sancho, an African.

To which is prefixed, memoirs of his life. The third edition.

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Dublin, Printed by Brett Smith for Richard Moncrieffe, 1784

ESTC t180688 locating only in Cambridge, N.L.I., T.C.D and 4 in U.S.A. There was another, even scarcer, issue of this printing with the imprint 'Printed by Pat Byrne' with a cancel title page & the same pagination.

A posthumously published work of black literature which includes one of the earliest accounts of African slavery written in English by a former slave. 'He gained fame in his time as 'the extraordinary Negro', and to eighteenth-century British abolitionists he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans and immorality of the slave trade' (Wikipedia).

Sancho (1729ý–1780), author, was born on the middle passage, on a slave ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean en route for the West Indies. His mother soon died of disease in the Spanish colony of New Granada, where the bishop had baptized her son, naming him Ignatius. His father shortly thereafter committed suicide rather than endure slavery. Barely two years old,

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First Irish edition. 2 vols in one, 12mo, xiii, [1 (blank)], 146; (147)-310 pp., engraved portrait frontispiece by Bartolozzi, contemporary calf, smooth spine panelled by gilt fillets, dark maroon morocco label gilt, bound as issued with no separate title page to second volume (both pagination and register are continuous through the volumes), nice copy.


Cf. Blockson 11 (London ed); Hamilton & Blyth, Representing Slavery, p 98 (with illustration).

Stock ID:102474

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