Boston: James B. Dow, 1836. Original publisher's cloth [light gutter chipping, rubbed] with original paper spine title. Free front endpaper with ink inscription: "Pineville Anti-Slavery Society, No. 211. 4 weeks." 258pp, with light to moderate foxing. Good+.
The Pineville Anti-Slavery Society, which originally owned this book, was a way station of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, branch of the Underground Railroad, located in Wrightstown township. The Society was organized in 1837 or 1838. One Charles Magill was its secretary. [Davis, 2 History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania... 305 (NY and Chicago: 1905)]. Godwin's book was most definitely an appropriate addition to the Society's Library. Books from anti-slavery societies are uncommon.
Godwin was one of a small group of British anti-slavery writers whose American publications, including this one, "substantially influenced the American slavery debate" ['British Influence on the American Antislavery Movement', web site of 'American Slavery Debate, In the Context of Atlantic History, 1770-1865']. The book had its genesis in Godwin's 'The Substance of a Course of Lectures on British Colonial Slavery: Delivered at Bradford, York, and Scarborough,' printed in London in 1830. This is the first American edition. Godwin delivered his lectures, according to the Preface, "during the period when the question of emancipation, in the British West-India Islands, was before Parliament and the English nation... The strong impression produced by them upon the public mind and feeling without doubt contributed very much to the production of that powerful national sentiment, which... bore down, with irresistible impulse, every obstacle before it, and finally produced the abolition of slavery in the whole British Empire. That such may be the effect which it shall produce in the United States, also, we ardently hope."
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. LCP 4148. AI 37668 . Not in Blockson, Work, Dumond. Item #36304