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Wed, Aug 18, 2021 09:00AM EDT
Lot 142

Rare early anti-slavery broadside

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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Rare early anti-slavery broadside, titled Sclaven Handel (Slave Trade), printed in German, by Samuel Saur for Tobias Hirte, dated 1794, printed in Philadelphia, with text in three columns, text header reads Verfahrungs-Art um Sclaven zu bekommen und ihre Behandlung in West-Indian (Methods of Obtaining and treating Slaves in West-India), with twelve woodblock prints graphically depicting the mistreatment of slaves, the woodblocks likely by Alexander Anderson. Tobias Hirte was a Moravian Brother and a colorful character who spent some time in both Philadelphia, where he ran an apothecary, and Lititz, Pennsylvania, as a school teacher. The Moravians were the most prominent Christian religious community in the Danish colony of the West Indies, where they were driven by a desire to improve the miserable living conditions of the enslaved population. 17 1/2" x 21".

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Sporadic staining, edge wear with some loss, some loss along creases, not laid down, held between plexiglass

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