First EditionDOUGLASS, Frederick. First Edition Autographs for Freedom, containing first bound edition of Douglass’ only published piece of fiction, a 74-page novella “The Heroic Slave.” Edited by Julia Griffiths, Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. John P. Jewett and Company, 1853. 263 pages. Original blue cloth with blind-stamped ruling on covers and gilt lettering on spine. An important collection of anti-slavery argument and sentiment.
Following a gathering of 15,000 in the US capitol to celebrate Emancipation, Douglass brought an official delegation to meet on the issue of suffrage. Though President Johnson vetoed the measure, Congress overrode his action, leading to the 15th Amendment. With a collection of Anti-slavery testimonies by men and women prominent in abolition, including Douglass’ Rare only novella, “The Heroic Slave,” printed once by him serially, and appearing for the first time in book form here. With facsimile signatures of the writers, including Horace Greeley, John G. Whittier, Annie Parker, and Douglass. Lacking frontis and two plates; variant blue cloth binding with light wear along edges and spine, small chips, sunned and rubbed. Block slightly age toned, with stain bleeding through much of the text block. Minor sporadic foxing. Overall good to very good condition.