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It was only "for the good of their souls" that Louis XIII authorized the French trade in African slaves in 1642.

By 1656 there were 3000 slaves in Guadeloupe; during the last quarter of the seventeenth century, 124,000 slaves were brought to the West Indies; and in the decade preceding the  Revolution, the French captured and exported an average of 27,000 African slaves per year.

The French slave trade—suspended by the Revolution, reinstituted by Napoleon, and permanently abolished in 1848—aroused fierce opposition and equally heated partisan defense. This collection includes rare eighteenth century descriptive works on the regulation of the trade and polemical works on both sides of the controversy, along with nineteenth century statistical surveys, accounts of the economics of the trade, descriptions of slave voyages, and proceedings of official commissions.

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A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century

Eight-volume English edition reprinted in two volumes; two very scarce volumes of the German edition, which were not translated into English, reprinted in a separately available third volume.

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A Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas

Romantic. Affirmative. Rhetorical. The poetry of Dylan Thomas urged readers to ponder life as they never had before. Researchers now have access to a concordance and word list keyed to the 1978 printing of Dylan Thomas: The Poems, edited by Daniel Jones.

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Letters, diaries, memoirs, and other personal papers from the Civil War holdings of the Library of Congress. Edited by John R. Sellers.

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Renovation of a Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood branch becomes an opportunity to better serve the unique needs of the community.

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