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Phillis Wheatley is considered the first black woman poet in America. This first edition is illustrated and includes the Memorial by Margaretta Matilda Odell, a descendant of the Wheatley family.

Elizabeth Margaret Chandler (1807-1834), author, poet and abolitionist, was 18 when her poem "The Slave Ship" won a literary prize and brought her to the attention of antislavery advocate Benjamin Lundy. She wrote for and edited the "Ladies'…
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