Montgomery, James (1st Edition 1809) One Volume

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James Montgomery (4 November 1771 - 30 April 1854) was a British editor, hymnwriter and poet. He was particularly associated with humanitarian causes such as the campaigns to abolish slavery and to end the exploitation of child chimney sweeps.  Rare 1st Edition (1809) 10 x 13, 1/1/4 '' thick in one volume with engraved plates and binding fully intacked.  Both spine and cover orginal with normal and organic age-toning seen.  Heavy old English parchment was used for early print.  Overall, fine condition. 

""Poems on the Abolition of the Slave Trade." with portraits and biographies of William Wilberforce, Granville Sharp, and Thomas Clarkson, all important figures in the fight to abolish slavery, are placed before the poems, which are titled: "The West Indies, A Poem, in Four Parts"; "Africa Delivered; or The Slave Trade Abolished"; and "A Poem, Occasioned by the Abolition of the Slave Trade, in 1806." Published after Great Britain enacted the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. Poetry was a very popular means of appealing to the heart and the conscience of men. It was especially appreciated by the increasingly-literate middle classes and by the upper class women.

Montgomery was born at Irvine in Ayrshire, the son of a pastor and missionary of the Moravian Brethren. He was sent to be trained for the ministry at the Moravian School at Fulneck, near Leeds, while his parents left for the West Indies, where both died within a year of each other.

At Fulneck, secular studies were banned, but James nevertheless found means of borrowing and reading a good deal of poetry and made ambitious plans to write epics of his own. Failing school, he was apprenticed to a baker in Mirfield, then to a store-keeper at Wath-upon-Dearne. After further adventures, including an unsuccessful attempt to launch himself into a literary career in London, he moved to Sheffield in 1792 as assistant to Joseph Gales, auctioneer, bookseller and printer of the Sheffield Register, who introduced Montgomery into the local Lodge of Oddfellows. In 1794, Gales left England to avoid political prosecution and Montgomery took the paper in hand, changing its name to the Sheffield Iris.

James Grahame (April 22, 1765 - September 14, 1811) was a Scottish poet. He was born in Glasgow, the son of a successful lawyer. After completing his literary course at the University of Glasgow, Grahame went in 1784 to Edinburgh, where he worked as a legal clerk, and was called to the Scottish bar in 1795. However, he had always wanted to go in for the Church, and when he was forty-four he took Anglican orders, and became a curate first at Shipton, Gloucestershire, and then at Sedgefield, Durham.

Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger (baptised on 15 June 1775 at West Camel, Somerset, died on 9 January 1827 in London) was an English biographer, novelist and poet. Elizabeth was the only child of John Benger or Benjey and his wife Mary, nee Long. Her father was a tradesman in Wells, but he became a Royal Navy purser in 1782 and the family lived mainly in Chatham, Kent until 1797.

According to her fellow writer Lucy Aikin, Elizabeth early showed "an ardour for knowledge, a passion for literature." She was allowed at the age of twelve to attend a local boys' school to learn Latin, and in the following year had a poem published called The Female Geniad.Benger wanted to become a playwright, but she had no success and soon turned to poetry with a social message. "The Abolition of the Slave Trade" appeared in 1809 with verse by James Montgomery and James Grahame on the same subject"