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Philadelphia: Printed for the Anti-Slavery Fair, 1846

Merrihew & Thompson, printers


In a January 1847 Pennsylvania Freeman, the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society reported profitable sales at its December 1846 fair of "an Anti-Slavery alphabet, written and presented to the Fair by Hannah and Mary Townsend, of this city." The slim volume targeted young readers, with the hope of inspiring a new generation of abolitionists.

The alphabet consists of sixteen leaves, printed on one side, with the printed pages facing each other and hand-sewn into a paper cover. Each of the letter illustrations is hand-colored. The book is reproduced here in its entirety (including blank pages) as Zoomify JPEG images. Click below to browse through the pages and then use the features to zoom in and out and navigate within each image.

Anti-Slave Alphabet Example