Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 594
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Life and Opinions of Julius Melbourn. Frontispiece plate of Thomas Jefferson. 239 pages. 8vo, contemporary cloth, worn; foxing; early gift inscription on front free endpaper from a Michigan woman to Sophia Jefferson. Syracuse, 1847

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This purports to be the memoir of a formerly enslaved man from North Carolina who escapes to a new life in England. It features a dinner with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, and other celebrity encounters. It is generally believed to be a work of fiction. See the review in the Liberator of 26 November 1847, and the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Sabin and some other sources credit the authorship to former congressman Jabez Delano Hammond. Blockson 9645; Howes M487; Sabin 30097.