Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Color
Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Color. To Which Is Added, a Selection of Pieces in Poetry.
New York, Printed by the residuary estate of Lindley Murray, 1839.
8vo. vi, -408 p. 19 cm. Bound in contemporary leather. Professionally repaired. Tight binding and good cover. Chipping and loss to head and tail of original leather on spine. Dampstaining to the bottom of the first 25 pages. Please feel free to view our photographs.
Mott's book was stunning for the period in its attempt to humanize people of color through short biographies, stories demonstrating the humanity of blacks,and evidence of their creativity through poetry. Her sketches range internationally in scope (Sierra Leone, the Caribbean, Liberia, the US),including the well-known (Toussaint L'Ouverture, Phyllis Wheatley), the obscure (Poor Sarah. Billy and Jenny), and Native Americans (Good Old Ruththe Pequot, Margaret Ann Crutchfield).