Mar 21, 2024 - Sale 2663

Sale 2663 - Lot 11

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(ABOLITION.) [Thirza S. Pelton.] The Grave in the Wilderness: A Poem. 54 pages. 18mo, 4¼ x 3 inches, publisher's gilt pictorial cloth, minor wear; minor dampstaining and foxing, part of the author's name carefully abraded from the copyright statement, two inked corrections to page 43; all edges gilt; early owner's signature on front free endpaper. [Oberlin, OH]: J.M. Fitch, 1850

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A narrative poem of an enslaved couple who attempt to escape north; Lucy dies en route, and is buried by William in a forest grave in eastern Maryland. The author notes that "It is said that the following narrative is true, and that W. is now a respectable citizen of Canada in good business." Also has a dedication leaf following the title page: "The authoress of this little poem would humbly dedicate the same to the pioneers in the cause of freedom, who blushed not mid infamy and shame to be called the friends of the slave." 5 in OCLC, and one other traced at auction (not noting that this is an abolitionist work).