Edinbugrh: W.P. Nimmo, 1862. First Edition. Small Octavo. Item #025240
xii, 546 pages, errata page, 8 pages of ad sat the end. The anti-slavery crusade in England with much reported here that was not found in the American Press since even in the North there was a reluctance to describe the horrors of slavery. Here is the catechism taught the blacks which was based on how God wanted them to be slaves. The system where the white slave owner often found the pleasures of sex with slaves when the wife no longer wished to be bothered. Beginning on page 241 he list the denominations that not only approved of slave but their bishops and ministers owned them (Methodists, Baptists, and others. These were the predecessors of the evangelicals of the 20th Century who are comfortable with their defense of the Bible but blind to the ways in which they neglect is cries for social justice. It is understandable why this work was published in Great Britain since it would have been despised not only in the South but a large part of the North. The advertisements in the back also come from William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and a host of ministers from England. Bound in purple cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt brown coated endpapers, contemporary owner's name, some fading to cloth, corners light wear to corners and spine ends, spine darkened, hinges just starting but not broken through. pages 321 and 323 have chips to upper margin most likely from careless opening. A very good copy.