On View
Slavery and Freedom Gallery
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Written by
Wheatley, Phillis, American, 1753 - 1784
Illustrated by
Moorhead, Scipio, ca. 1750 - unknown
Published by
Bell, Archibald, British
Date
1773
Medium
ink on paper with leather and wood
Dimensions
7 x 4 3/4 x 5/8 in. (17.8 x 12.1 x 1.6 cm)
Description
A first edition of the book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, while she was enslaved to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston. The book has a brown leather cover, the original morocco spine label, and a frontispiece featuring a portrait of Wheatley by Scipio Morehead. Along the top of the portrait are the words [PHILLIS WHEATLEY, NEGRO SERVANT TO MR. JOHN WHEATLEY OF BOSTON]. The book also has the armorial bookplate of Daniel P. Griswold, a small circular ticket from the Library of George W. Brinely, as well as a larger one from Henry Weston Sackett.
Place printed
London, England, Europe
Place depicted
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Type
poems
Topic
Poetry
Slavery
U.S. History, Colonial period, 1600-1775
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.46.46
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd57a20ed82-d93b-4a37-884e-3109eedcd868
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