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1853 1ed 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northrup Slavery Controversy Kidnapping

“I could not comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognizes the principle of slavery” -Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave

The harrowing memoir of Solomon Northup, “Twelve Years a Slave”, follows his life as a free man in New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He would not find freedom again for twelve years. Northup wrote the story a year after being rescued. He gave a first-person account of life as a slave in the south. This account became widely popular amongst the abolitionist movement and would go on to be portrayed in an Academy Award winning movie with the same title.

This story was met with much opposition and was wildly controversial leading up to the Civil War, with its unabashed accounts of the criminality surrounding slave trade and the harsh living conditions of slaves. This first edition features a charming frontispiece portrait of Solomon Northup, as well as 6 woodcut engraved illustrations throughout. Illustrations included:

•Scene in the slave pen at Washington

•Separation of Eliza and her last child

•Chapin rescues Solomon from hanging

•The Staring out and Flogging of the girl Patsey

•Scene in the cotton field, and Solomon’s delivery

•Arrival home, and first meeting with His wife and children

Item number: #1822

Price: $499

NORTHUP, Solomon

Twelve years a slave. : Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana.

Auburn : Derby and Miller ; Buffalo : Derby, Orton and Mulligan ; London : Sampson Low, Son & Co., 1853. First Edition.


•Collation: [xvi], 336

oLacking pg. 99-121

o6 full-page illustrations

•Language: English

•Binding: Hardcover; tight & secure

•Size: ~8in X 5.5in (20cm x 14cm)

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1853 1ed 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northrup Slavery

Estimate $499 - $1,000Apr 8, 2018