Two Rare English Items that Address Abolition and the Expansion of Public Education [Alexander, William (1768-1841)]. The Powers of Britain. Respectfully Addressed to the Legislature and the People of the United Kingdom. York: Printed for the Author, 1813. 30 pp. [Bound with] Brougham, Henry [1778-1868]. Report of the Proceedings at the Annual Meeting of the Leeds' Mechanics' Institution, On the 20th September, 1830: Including the Speech of Henry Brougham, Esq. M.P. Corrected by Himself. [Leeds, 1830]. 16 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Recent marbled wrappers, printed paper title panel to front, extra engraved portraits of Lord Hood and Lord Brougham inserted, unrelated clippings from newspaper pasted to verso of half-title, to title pages, one covering bibliographical data of the Report, portrait of Brougham and foot of p. 16 of the Report. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places. Brief annotations in early hand to title page of Report and a few other places, interior otherwise clean. $350. * Only editions located. The Powers of Britain is a poem extolling the triumphs of the Royal Navy. Among other topics, it celebrates its actions against the slave trade. The Report, apparently the fifth based on the annotation in our copy, features a speech by Lord Brougham supporting the expansion of public schools and other forms of educational support for skilled workers. OCLC locates 16 copies of Powers worldwide, no copies of the Report.
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