Philadelphia: George W. Taylor, 1853-1854. Half leather. 24 monthly issues bound together. Complete; each volume contains 104 text pages. Half-leather with marbled boards; 6.75” x 10.25”. Sound binding. Clean pages with light intermittent foxing. Old pencil annotation at top of the first title page. Light dampstain to the first six leaves. Some edge wear to cover; two-inch loss of spine covering at head and tail. Very good. Item #008887
This ardent abolitionist journal includes coverage of the debate regarding the expansion of slavery, news of anti-slavery events, some early writings of Frederick Douglass, discussion of Quaker events, American slavery laws, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, temperance issues including the “Maine Law,” and much more. The journal was the organ of the Free Produce Society of Philadelphia and its publisher, George Taylor, managed the city’s Free Produce Store. ’Free Produce’ included all manners of goods (traditionally made with slave labor) that were produced without any taint of slavery. Such items were much more expensive than slave-produced items, but the most principled Quakers and abolitionists paid the price to keep their consciences clear. Although the Society disbanded in 1856, Taylor kept the store open until after the Civil War when customers no longer saw a reason to patronize him. See The Atlantic Monthly (October, 1868) and Cison’s “Quality Came Second” in Main Line Today (March, 2007).Scarce. While digital and microform reprints are common, as of 2017, OCLC shows only a few institutions holding intermittent original issues. Two auction records are on file at the Rare Book Hub.