Mar 10, 2011 - Sale 2239

Sale 2239 - Lot 44

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
DOUGLASS'S ONLY SUBSTANTIAL PIECE OF FICTION (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. The Heroic Slave [in] Autographs for Freedom, Edited by Julia Griffiths. Small 8vo, original printed paper-covered boards, original spine replaced and bearing a small printed label with the title and date; end-papers bearing advertisements for publisher John Cassell. London, 1853

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first english edition, simultaneous with the american. Douglass's novella "The Heroic Slave" was his contribution to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society Collection. His only attempt at fiction, the novella was based around the events surrounding the rebellion led by Madison Washington on board the slave ship "Creole." On November 7, 1841, while en route from Virginia to New Orleans, the crew was overtaken by a contingent of slaves who redirected the ship to the British free port of Nassau. Once there, the British authorities detained nineteen identified leaders of the rebellion. All remaining passengers, both crew and slave were allowed to disembark freely. Five months later, the nineteen slaves, including Madison Washington were set free due to "lack of evidence."