May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 5

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Bibb, Henry. The Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave. Frontispiece portrait, numerous text illustrations. xii, [4], [13]-207 pages, 12mo, publisher's pictorial gilt cloth, minor wear, rear joint starting; moderate foxing; early owner's faint inscription on front free endpaper, library bookplate and deaccession note on front pastedown, no other library markings. New York: published by the author, 1850

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Third edition. Henry Walton Bibb (1815-1854) lived under slavery in Kentucky until escaping in 1842 to Detroit. There he became a successful abolitionist author and lecturer, moving to Canada in 1850 to avoid the effects of the Fugitive Slave Law. This popular narrative of his slavery and escape begins "I was brought up in the Counties of Shelby, Henry, Oldham, and Trimble. Or, more correctly speaking . . . I was flogged up." He offers an eloquent account of tyrannical masters and mistresses, multiple escapes and beatings, and his separation from his wife and daughter. With an introduction by abolitionist Lucius Matlack. This was the first edition to feature the frontispiece portrait plate, which was engraved by Patrick Reason.