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Print of a slavery medal... Franklin's famous speech on the Constitution...
Item # 644283 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1788 The most notable content in this issue would be the full page plate which includes four images, one of which is a small print of the medal to slavery, titled: "Am I Not A Man And A Brother?"(see) which shows a slave with his hands in chains. This is a print of what is considered the most noteworthy abolitionist/anti-slavery 18th century mediation which was worn by many of the elite class to show support for abolition. It was designed by Josiah Wedgwood, the grandfather of Charles Darwin - which makes for an interesting tidbit of history (see this hyperlink for more on the medal).
Other items including: "Cricket and Whist, Whether Games of English Invention" "The True Author of Robinson Crusoe" "Cautions Hinted to the Committee on the Slave Trade", and much more.
Near the back under "America" is one of the most famous speeches by anyone on the new Constitution. It is prefaced with: "The following is given as the genuine speech of his Excellency Benjamin Franklin, Esq. to the President of the late Continental Convention immediately before signing the Proposed Constitution". In reality Franklin was too weak to give it so he had fellow Pennsylvanian, James Wilson, give it. The website "usconstitution.net" calls it a "masterpiece" (see).
Included are all 2 of the 3 plates called for.
Complete in 96 pages with the full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate. Measures 5 by 8 1/4 inches, very nice, clean condition.
A very nice magazine from the "mother country". This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's