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Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb

Bibb, Henry. Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, Written By Himself. NY: The Author 1849. xii, 207 pp. Slave Narative. Introduction by Lucius C. Matlack. Engraved frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Heavily gilt pictorial red cloth, all edges gilt. Slight tears at the edges of the spine, front signature a little shaken but tight, offsetting to part of the title page from the portrait and some light scattered foxing in the text, still a lovely copy in the elaborate original binding. An early and one of the rarest of the American slave narratives, Bibb was born a slave in Kentucky, escaped to Canada, returned to get his wife, was recaptured in Cincinnati, escaped again, was recaptured again and sold into slavery in New Orleans, and removed to Arkansas, where he escaped yet again, this time for good. His narrative was so hair raising that an investigation was conducted which bore out Bibb's account. He subsequently lectured and was active in the abololitionist movement. Reprinted many times, the first edition is rare. Brignano 423.

The titlepage and frontispiece are also available. The cover is shown below.


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