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SANCHO, Ignatius (1729--1780)
[Letters. 1782]
Letters of the late Ignatius Sancho, an African. In two volumes. To which are prefixed, memoirs of his life. Vol. I. (II.)
London: printed by J. Nichols: and sold by J. Dodsley; J. Robson; J. Walter; R. Baldwin; and J. Sewell, 1782.
2 vols ; 17.5 cm. (8º)
I: [4], ii, [v]--lvii, [1], 22, [2], 23--204 p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [4], 224 p., engr. frontis.

Edited by Frances Crewe, one of Sancho's correspondents. Charles Ignatius Sancho was born on a slave ship en route to the West Indies and brought to England aged two, eventually entering the household of the Duke of Montagu who encouraged his studies and whose widow later left him a legacy. After an unsuccessful stage career he set up a grocery shop and began supplement his income with writing, publishing newspaper essays under his own name and the pseudonym 'Africanus'; he achieved some celebrity when one of his letters was included in the edition of Laurence Sterne's Letters published posthumously in 1775 (q.v.). His own letters "[were] frequently cited by opponents of slavery as evidence of the humanity and inherent equality of Africans" (ODNB). This first edition of his Letters was published posthumously by subscription, and includes a list of over 1200 subscribers. 'The life of Ignatius Sancho' (vol. I, pp. [v]--xvi) was written by Joseph Jekyll. The frontispieces are engraved by Francis Bartolozzi; that to vol. I is a portrait of Sancho after Gainsborough. Following p. 22 of vol. I is an additional letter 'communicated to the Editor too late to be inserted in its proper place'. ESTC t100345; Sabin 76310.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 4s., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). With Boone's hieroglyphs in pencil on the front free-endpaper of vol. I.

Binding C18th vellum, gilt-tooled borders and spine, red and green morocco spine-labels, gilt edges.

Reference Number 4597


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