A first edition of the book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, while she was enslaved to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston. The book has a brown leather cover, the original morocco spine label, and a frontispiece featuring a portrait of Wheatley by Scipio Morehead. Along the top of the portrait are the words [PHILLIS WHEATLEY, NEGRO SERVANT TO MR. JOHN WHEATLEY OF BOSTON]. The book also has the armorial bookplate of Daniel P. Griswold, a small circular ticket from the Library of George W. Brinely, as well as a larger one from Henry Weston Sackett.


  • Title: Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral
  • Date Created: 1773
  • Physical Dimensions: 7 x 4 3/4 x 5/8 in. (17.8 x 12.1 x 1.6 cm)
  • Subject Keywords: Slavery, United States--History--Colonial period, Poetry
  • Medium: ink on paper with leather and wood

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