William W. Brown Slave Narrative, 1849

BROWN, William W. (ca 1814-1884). Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave. Boston: Bela Marsh, 1849.

12mo (119 x 186 mm). Tissue-guarded frontispiece and three engravings. (Spotting, repaired corner on frontispiece). Original embossed brown cloth (wear to corners and edges, slightly cocked spine).

“Complete Edition, Tenth Thousand,” attributed as fourth edition. Slave narrative of prominent abolitionist and prolific author William Wells Brown. His later novel Clotel (1853) is considered the first novel written by an African American and he also became the first published African American playwright (1856). Scarce, OCLC locates 5 copies.


Foxing, especially to frontispiece tissue guard, toning to pages. Bumped corners and wear to edges, spine slightly cocked. Pencil marking to p. 130. Some brown spots.

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