Abolitionist Narrative The Branded Hand by Jonathan Walker, 1850

WALKER, Jonathan (1799-1878). [The Branded Hand] Trial and Imprisonment of Jonathan Walker, at Pensacola Florida, for Aiding Slaves to Escape from Bondage. Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, 1850.

12mo (121 x 189 mm). Illustrated title page and three full-page engravings, lacking frontispiece. (Occasional brown spotting on pages). Original brown cloth with blind and gilt title (very good with lightly bumped corners, slightly cocked spine).

Preceded by editions in 1845, 1846 and 1848, presumed fourth edition. Jonathan Walker was imprisoned for eleven months for having aided in the escape of seven slaves from Pensacola. As punishment, his hand was publicly branded “SS” for “slave stealer,” illustrated on the title page. Upon his release, Walker became an ardent abolitionist and lectured on slavery in addition to publishing this narrative which inspired John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem The Branded Hand. Uncommon.


Very good with lightly bumped corners, slightly cocked spine. Occasional brown spotting on pages.

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