A PILGRIMAGE TO MY MOTHERLAND. Robert Campbell.
A PILGRIMAGE TO MY MOTHERLAND

A PILGRIMAGE TO MY MOTHERLAND

New York: Thomas Hamilton, 1861. First Edition. Hardcover. This is one of the first book-length works on "emigrationism" - the return of freed slaves to Africa. It presents a host of arguments - sociological, political, economic - for the viability of such a program. Jamaican-born Robert Campbell accompanied abolitionist Martin Delany on his expedition to explore the Niger Valley in 1859 to investigate the area as a potential emigration point for freed slaves. Their journey resulted in two volumes published in 1861: this book and Delany's Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party. Campbell followed through on the promise of his preface and returned to live in Africa: "...if I am still asked what I think of Africa for the colored man to live and do well in, I simply answer, that with as good prospects in America as colored men generally, I have determined, with my wife and children, to go to Africa to live, leaving the inquirer to interpret the reply for himself." Complete with the tinted lithographic image of the author which is edgeworn, not affecting image (original tissue guard present). The original lithographed map is tipped to recto of the third blank leaf, as issued, with some offsetting. 145, [1 blank] [note 3 blank front & rear endpapers as issued]. Small octavo. Original blind-stamped brown cloth binding, with gilt titles. Tiny chip to the top corner of the front flyleaf. The gilt titles on the spine are dulled but legible. Spine tips archivally renewed. Minor staining to the front board; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #66855

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