Two Books From a Fervent Anti-Slavery ActivistL. Maria Child. Two Books, including: L. Maria Child. Fact and Fiction: A Collection of Stories. New York: C. S. Francis & Co./Boston: J. H. Francis, 1847. First edition. Small octavo. 282 pages plus 6-page publisher's catalog. Dark brown cloth with gilt lettering and blind-stamped decorations. Pale yellow endpapers. Spine ends chipped. Rear joint splitting. Extremities lightly rubbed. Interior quite clean. Very good. Works by the popular author, including stories with anti-slavery themes. [and:] [L. Maria Child, editor]. Harriet Ann Jacobs (writing under the pseudonym "Linda Brent"). Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself. Boston: Published for the Author, 1861. First edition. Octavo. 306 pages. Edited by L. Maria Child. Original brown cloth with gilt lettering and boards containing a blind-stamped flower and borders. Binding cocked. Boards worn and faded. Lettering on spine ("LINDA") so faint as to be all-but-illegible. Front hinge starting; rear hinge broken. Binding loose. Overopened at a couple of places; one signature hanging by a cord. Foxing and large areas of dampstaining throughout. Good. One of the first autobiographical slave narratives by a woman, with much on the sexual harassment and abuse female slaves suffered. From the title page: "Northerners know nothing at all about Slavery. They think it is perpetual bondage only. They have no conception of the depth of degradation involved in that word, SLAVERY; if they had, they would never cease their efforts until so horrible a system was overthrown."
L. Maria Child (1802-1880) was a widely-read writer and an activist for many causes (the abolition of slavery, women's rights, Indian rights, etc.). She was a fervent supporter of anti-slavery societies and was a member of the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society. She often wrote fiction with abolitionist themes, but she is perhaps best-remembered as the author of the popular poem "Over the River and Through the Woods."
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