Item #21240 The Mustee; or, Love and Liberty. B. F. Presbury, Benjamin.

The Mustee; or, Love and Liberty.

8vo (7.75 x 5.38 inches), original blind-stamped green cloth, gilt lettering, 487, [1], [4], 22, [2] pages. A trifle rubbed and bumped; some light wear and dust soiling; in very good condition. Item #21240

An anti-slavery romance built around the complexities of American race and the conceit of the beautiful woman classified as a “Mustee”—or otherwise, an archaic term for someone of one-eighth African American descent, enslaved in Louisiana despite passing as white, and persecuted in part because the white father of her child abandons her to return to New York. (She and her child are hunted by dogs through the swamps of Louisiana, rescued by a New England man of firm resolve, etc.)

Presbury was a Taunton newspaper editor, a minor figure among the Transcendentalists, a friend to Emerson and contributor of a couple of poems to the Dial. Wright II, 1956; Sabin 65115; Lib. Company. Afro-Americana, 2nd ed. Suppl. 1748.

Price: $100.00

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