First edition of this fictional anti-slavery narrative, from the library of a well-known stop on the Underground Railroad.
"Talk no more, ye faint-hearted politicians, of 'expediency.'"
Written by a white former slave owner who became an abolitionist, this novel is part of a subgenre of fictional works by white authors that follow the conventions of nonfictional slave narratives written by Black authors. Like slave narratives, this novel was written with a similar aim: to advance the argument of abolition through describing the effects of slavery on individual enslaved people. While it does not masquerade as a memoir, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN is the most famous example of white abolitionists using fiction to this purpose.<br /><br />This copy contains the Chalkley Hall bookplate of Edward Wetherill and Anna Thorpe Wetherill, prominent Quaker abolitionists who were associates of William Lloyd Garrison and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Chalkley Hall served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.<br /><br />Highly desirable with such exceptional provenance.
New York: Redfield, 1857. 7.25'' x 4.5''. Original full brown cloth, ruled in blind on boards, gilt-lettered spine. Brown coated endpapers. 8 pages of ads at rear. 401, , 8 pages. Bookplate of Edward Wetherill and Anna Thorpe Wetherill, 1714 Chalkley Hall, on front pastedown; Edward's signature and "Chalkley Hall" written in ink on second fly leaf. Expert restoration to spine ends affecting last half of "autobiography" and first two letters of "Redfield," corners bumped. Some light foxing, tear with loss on page 285/6 from rough opening (not affecting text).
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