The Scarce Second Autobiography of Sojourner Truth

    [Sojourner Truth]. Olive Gilbert and Frances Titus. Narrative of Sojourner Truth; A Bondswoman of Olden Time, Emancipated by the New York Legislature in the Early Part of the Present Century; With a History of Her Labors and Correspondence, Drawn from Her "Book of Life." Boston: Published for the Author, 1875.

    First edition. Octavo. 320 pages. Portrait frontispiece.

    Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles and portrait on the front board (repeated in blind on the rear board. Minor edge wear, with some loss of cloth at the spine ends, especially the spine tail. Slightly rubbed corners. Contemporary ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Internal contents bright and clean. A tight copy in very good condition.

    "The first 125 pages of the 1875 edition of Truth's Narrative are a reprint of the 1850 edition. The remainder of the text is a collection of newspaper articles and celebrity autographs taken from a personal collection of Truth's that she called the 'Book of Life.' When Truth decided to issue an updated version of her biography in 1875 to help pay for a grandson's medical bills, she asked Frances Titus (1816-1894) to publish excerpts from her 'Book of Life' as a supplement to Gilbert's text, trusting 'her scribe [Titus] to make the selections'" (Zachary Hutchins: "Documenting the American South").

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