BLACK HISTORY “The Adventures Of Congo In Search Of His Master”

BLACK HISTORY “The Adventures Of Congo In Search Of His Master”
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[FARRAR, Eliza , (or GARDINER, William) attrib.] The Adventures of Congo in Search of his Master. An American Tale containing a True Account of a Shipwreck and Interspersed with anecdotes founded on facts.” J Harris and Son, St Paul’s Churchyard, London no date but plates dated 1823 and with an ownership inscription for 1824. Presumed first edition of 1823. Pp [x], 191, [ii ads]. Bound in quarter leather boards which bear a printed title to the front  and  publisher’s colophon to the rear. The boards are in good condition with marginal rubbing and minor splitting only to the spine ends.Complete with all 24 cuts on twelve leaves as called for. Internally there is some off-setting from the plates and a few creased corners, with occasional foxing, significant on a few leaves only. Ownership inscription for Cudworthy family to ffep. Overall in Very Good condition.
This is an interesting work in the canon of early works about slavery and slave narratives. Written as if  founded in fact, the work presents Congo as gladly subservient to his “master” .
Sarah N.Roth in her work “ Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture” (Cambridge  University Press) describes how Congo , in his subservience to his master is effectively “denied the full measure of masculinity in American Culture”.“ Congo could not imagine a world where he acted independently of the unchangeable hierarchy into which his servitude had secured him.” Congo is shown as loving his subservience rather than any notion of freedom that he could understand, thus promoting a subservient role for black people in the face of any moves towards emancipation that might occur. 
Complete, and in tidy condition.

£450.00


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