First EditionHILDRETH, Richard. The Slave, or Memoirs of Archy Moore. Volume II. Boston: John H. Eastburn Printer, 1836. Duodecimo. Calf covers. 162 pages. Rag paper. The very first American abolitionist novel, published 15 years before Uncle Tom's Cabin, which some have argued it influenced. The anonymous author was an enigmatic, Harvard-educated contributed articles to various magazines. Poor health led him to spend two years in Florida, where he was he witnessed of the evils of slavery to write the anti-slavery novel The Slave; or, Memoirs of Archy Moore. It became incredibly popular, heralding a new genre of abolitionist slave narratives. In only fair condition. Covers detaching, missing one free endpaper. Pages toned, and mildly foxed. An extremely influential early text in the abolitionist movement.