The Hireling and the Slave. William J. GRAYSON, John.
The Hireling and the Slave
The Hireling and the Slave
The Hireling and the Slave
The Hireling and the Slave
The Hireling and the Slave
The Hireling and the Slave

The Hireling and the Slave

Place Published: Charleston
Publisher: John Russell. Harper and Calvo, Printers. 32 Chalmers-street. Charleston.
Date Published: 1855
Edition: 2nd
Binding: Hard Cover


2nd US edition. 4-5/8 x 7-3/8 inches. xvi, (2), [19]-108pp. Includes 16pp introduction and 22 pages offering 45 footnotes to the poems. Original light brown cloth, stamped in blind and gilt on front cover. Nothing printed on the lightly faded on spine. Insides very clean with a little very light foxing on the first few pages.

Overall condition is very good+. A nice copy.

The first edition was published in Charleston by J. Russell in 1854. Stated second edition in 1855 was published by John Russell again. A later 1856 edition without the stated second edition printed on the title page was published by McCarter & Co. 116 Meeting Street. Has the armorial coat of arms bookplate of John Julius Pringle. An early tract of imitation Dryden/Pope era poetry extolling the virtues of slavery and the evils of abolitionist beliefs relating to the socio-economic practices of the period in the American South. A defense of southern slavery in the form of a story in verse.

(The institution of slavery, the author observes, has made the slave himself "from a savage, an orderly and efficient laborer. It supports him in comfort and peace. It restrains his vices. It improves his mind, morals and manners. It instructs him in Christian knowledge ")

This is an important work in the history of South Carolina literature. Written in the defense of Slavery during the buildup to the civil war, it is still often quoted to this day.

SABIN 28424
Very Good. Item #1282

$425.00 USD
$568.85 CAD

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