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Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn

By Thomas Clarkson

1813

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown : London

9" by 5.5"

xii, 520pp; 500pp

 

 

 

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The first edition of this fascinating biography on William Penn, the Quaker who founded the state of Pennsylvania. Written by the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson.

The first edition of this work. Complete in two volumes. Each volume bound with a half-title. Bound in the original publisher's scarce quarter cloth and paper-covered boards. A biography of William Penn. Penn was an earl Quake and founder of the North American colony the Province of Pennsylvania, which later became the state of Pennsylvania, one of the original thirteen states. He was given the land by King Charles II in 1681, paying off debts to King had owed to Penn's father. Penn was an early advocate for democracy and religious freedom, and was well known for his good relationships and treaties with the Lenape Native Americans. He was also an early supporter of colonial unification, wishing for the colonies to come together in what would later be the United States of America. This work wasn't a great success upon its publication, despite being a concise and thorough biography of Penn, and being the first scholarly work on the man. Written by Thomas Clarkson, a slavery abolitionist, well known for being a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire. In his later life, he went on to campaign for a worldwide abolition of slavery. He came to question slavery as a young man, writing an essay in Latin debating the lawfulness of slavery, written whilst he was studying at Cambridge. Clarkson has a strong relationship with Quakers, affecting his religious views, as well as his world views. Letter loosely inserted, addressed from Judge Willis from Hargrove & Co. Letterhead to the letter, '16 Victoria Street, Westminster Abbey, S.W., 10th October 1898'. The letter contains a thanks and a receipt for a £50 cheque. A nice set of an interesting biography on William Penn.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's quarter cloth binding with paper to the boards. Externally, sound. Cracks to the joints, resulting in the cloth to be lifting. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Light marks to the boards and spines. Light rubbing to the extremities. Front hinge of Volume I is starting but firm. Front hinge of Volume II is a little strained but remains firm. Rear hinge of Volume I is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very lightly age-toned with the odd scattered spot.

Overall Condition: Good

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