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Autographs for Freedom
John P. Jewett and Company, Boston 1853 - A collection of literary works by the prominent men and women of the anti-slavery movement, compiled for the Rochester [NY] Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society. Issued in the format of an annual gift book, for which a second series was published the following year. Contents includes a poem and short vignette by Harriet Beecher Stowe; and the first book edition of Frederick Douglass' only attempt at fiction, a novella titled "The Heroic Slave," originally published the same year in his newspaper The North Star. The story is a fictionalized account of the historic figure Madison Washington, an enslaved cook who instigated a revolt on the slave brig Creole on its journey from Virginia to New Orleans; upon gaining control of the ship, the slaves had the ship be taken to Nassau, which was under British occupation at the time. Though they would be taken under British custody, 116 of the participants would be granted their freedom the following year. BAL 11172 (describing Caroline M. Kirkland's contribution "Momma Charlotte"). SABIN 28835. SCHOMBURG IV, p. 3088. WRIGHT II 1033. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's red cloth, covers triple ruled in gilt with gilt cornerpieces and central lozenges, spine also elaborately stamped in gilt, a.e.g.; viii,263pp.; engraved frontispiece and two plates with tissue guards; author signatures in facsimile; some edge wear, corner bumped, upper joint cracked but still about solid; contemporary gift inscription, some light foxing throughout; a Very Good copy of what appears to be the publisher's deluxe binding; this volume would have been more commonly issued in boards or in full -blind-embossed cloth. We have been unable to locate any other copies in this publisher's binding in the trade or in the auction records. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA]
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