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    Sale 2068 | Lot 30
    Price Realized: $4,370With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2068 Lot 30

      DOUGLASS, FREDERICK; and RAY, CORDELIA. Oration by Frederick Douglass Delivered on the Occasion of the Unveiling of the Freedmen's Monument in Memory of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Washington, D. C. April 14th, 1876 . . . [cover title]. 8vo, original pale peach colored glazed printed wrappers; abrasion to the front edge of the front cover, otherwise a remarkably well preserved copy. Washington, DC: Gibson Brothers, 1876
      Estimate $3,000-5,000

      first edition. In this speech Douglass eloquently praises Lincoln, but also remarks on the state of the Race, and its progress since emancipation. The appendix lists additional remarks by others, describing the ceremony itself and the unveiling by President Grant. The statue, which cost $17,000 was created by Thomas Ball, and was suggested by Charles Scott, an ex-slave who contributed the first $5.00. The appendix also introduces a poem commissioned for the event by Cordelia Ray, and represents her first published work. Her sister, Charlotte Ray was the first African-American woman to earn a law degree (Howard, 1877). Cordelia Ray published three books of poetry, and contributed numerous pieces to periodicals. Douglass's speech was the first ever delivered by an African-American before the President of the United States, the Justices of the Supreme Court et al. Blockson Collection, 3680 (a 1940 reprint). Ms. Ray's poem not noted by Porter, nor French, Fabre and Singh.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,370