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Sale 2471 Lot 186
(DOUGLASS, FREDERICK.) The North Star, volume I, issue 27. 4 pages, 25 x 18 1/4 inches, on one folding sheet; minor dampstaining. Rochester, NY, 30 June 1848
Estimate $8,000 - 12,000
An issue from the first year of the abolitionist newspaper co-edited by Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany. When Douglass returned to America from England in 1847 and launched his own newspaper, he chose the comparatively small city of Rochester to avoid direct competition with the well respected Liberator of Boston and the National Anti-Slavery Standard of New York. The masthead reads "Right is of no sex--Truth is of no color--God is the father of us all, and all we are brethren." This issue includes coverage of the New England Anti-Slavery Convention, and similar abolitionist meetings across the country. The slave revolt in Martinique is discussed. It also features a short notice by Douglass, apologizing for a brief absence from his post due to tonsillitis, "which has operated very disadvantageously to my public speaking." Provenance: Found in Rochester among papers belonging to Isaac and Amy Post, abolitionist friends of Frederick Douglass who helped escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad.