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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Frontispiece portrait. xvi, 125 pages plus two final blank leaves. 12mo, publisher's gilt cloth, moderate wear including chipping to backstrip; moderate foxing; early owner's signature on verso of frontispiece. Boston, 1845
first edition of his first book, published only 7 years after his escape from slavery, and bravely written under his own name. Its tremendous success placed Douglass in immediate danger of capture; he spent the next two years in Great Britain and Ireland until his freedom was secured. Features prefatory notes by abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips. Blockson, One Hundred and One Influential Books 27.
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