Rare First Edition of Letters addressed to William Wilberforce
Letters Addressed to William Wilberforce, M. P. Recommending the Encouragement of the Cultivation of Sugar in Our Dominions in the East Indies, as the Natural and Certain Means of Effecting the General and Total Abolition of the Slave-Trade.
Item Number: 75022
Liverpool: James Smith, 1822.
First edition. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. Bound with Cobbett’s Register Bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt to the inner front panel, with his signature to the title page and notes to the front free endpaper and verso. In very good condition. First editions are scarce, with the last copy appearing at auction was in 1948.
James Cropper (1773–1840) was an English businessman in Liverpool and philanthropist, known as an abolitionist. Successful in business, Cropper became the founder of Cropper, Benson, & Co., merchants, and made a personal fortune. He worked for the repeal of the orders of council which, up to 1811, restricting British commerce with the USA, He became an abolitionist, active against slavery in the Caribbean. He also was concerned at poverty in Ireland, made a series of visits there, and established cotton-mills. He also became involved with the port of Liverpool.