Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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Written by
Douglass, Frederick, American, 1818 - 1895
Published by
Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, American, founded 1835
Subject of
Garrison, William Lloyd, American, 1805 - 1879
Phillips, Wendell, American, 1811 - 1884
Medium
ink on paper, cardboard
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7 x 4 1/2 x 5 in. (17.8 x 11.4 x 12.7 cm)
H x W x D (open at 90 degrees): 7 × 5 × 4 7/8 in. (17.8 × 12.7 × 12.4 cm)
H x W x D (open at 60 degrees): 7 × 5 × 4 1/4 in. (17.8 × 12.7 × 10.8 cm)
Type
narratives
hardcover books
Place printed
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date
1845
Description
A first edition copy of the memoir and antislavery book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself. The hardcover book has a brown cover with an imprinted decorative border and scrollwork. The title is stamped in gold lettering in the center: [NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE / OF / FREDERICK DOUGLASS]. The frontispiece illustration is a portrait of Douglass, seated at a table, wearing jacket, vest, and tie, with his hands crossed in his lap. The first page prints the full title in alternating large and small type: [NARRATIVE / OF THE / LIFE / OF / FREDERICK DOUGLASS, / AN / AMERICAN SLAVE. / WRITTEN BY HIMSELF]. The last part of the title appears between two horizontal lines. At the bottom center is the publishing information: [BOSTON: / PUBLISHED AT THE ANTI-SLAVERY OFFICE, / No. 25 CORNHILL / 1845.]. The book has a preface written by William Lloyd Garrison and a prefatory letter by Wendell Phillips. There are 125 pages.
Topic
African American
Antislavery
Freedom
Fugitive enslaved
Identity
Literature
Men
Resistance
Self-liberation
Slavery
United States--History--1815-1861
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elizabeth Cassell
Object number
2011.43.1
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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