First Edition of "Anti-Slavery Testimonies"[Julia Griffiths, editor]. Autographs For Freedom. Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1853.
First edition. Small octavo. viii, 263 pages. Three engraved plates, including frontispiece.
Original green cloth with gilt lettering and blind-stamped decorations. Yellow coated endpapers. Binding slightly cocked. Boards rubbed; spine sunned. Neat rubberstamp of "A. W. Manfield" to front free endpaper. Stain to fore-edge, intruding slightly onto pages. Foxing throughout. One signature hanging on by two cords. Generally very good.
A collection of anti-slavery "testimonies" gathered by the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society, including essays, poems and fiction by such notables as William H. Seward, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Horace Mann, John Greenleaf Whittier, Lewis Tappan, Horace Greeley, et al., each contribution accompanied by the author's signature in facsimile. Also included in this is Frederick Douglass' "The Heroic Slave," Douglass' only work of fiction.
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