AUTOGRAPHS FOR FREEDOM, by Julia Griffiths - 1854 [1st Ed]


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Autographs for Freedom

by Julia Griffiths

First Expanded Edition. An anthology of anti-slavery literature by various contributors including Mary Willard, Charles L. Reason, Lewis Tappan, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe and more. 808 pages. 5.75" by 8".

"In commending this, the second volume of "the Autographs for Freedom," to the attention of the public, "the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society" would congratulate themselves and the friends of freedom generally on the progress made, during the past year, by the cause to which the book is devoted.

We greet thankfully those who have contributed of the wealth of their genius; the strength of their convictions; the ripeness of their judgment; their earnestness of purpose; their generous sympathies; to the completeness and excellence of the work; and we shall hope to meet many of them, if not all, in other numbers of "The Autograph," which may be called forth ere the chains of the Slave shall be broken, and this country redeemed from the sin and the curse of Slavery.'"

"A word oft-times is expressive of an entire policy. Such is the term Abolition. Though formerly used as a synonym of Anti-Slavery, people now clearly understand that the designs of those who have ranged themselves under the first of these systems of reform are of deeper significance and wider scope than are the objects contemplated by the latter, and concern themselves not only with the great primary question of bodily freedom, but take in also the collateral issues connected with human enfranchisement, independent of race, complexion, or sex.

The Abolitionist of to-day is the Iconoclast of the age, and his mission is to break the idolatrous imagesset up by a hypocritical Church, a Sham Democracy, or a corrupt public sentiment, and to substitute in their stead the simple and beautiful doctrine of a common brotherhood. He would elevate every creature by abolishing the hindrances and checks imposed upon him, whether these be legal or social—and in proportion as such grievances are invidious and severe, in such measure does he place himself in the front rank of the battle, to wage his emancipating war."

Therefore it is that the Abolitionist has come to be considered the especial friend of the negro, since he, of all others, has been made to drink deep from the cup of oppression."

Published by: Alden, Beardsley & Co. Auburn. Wanzer, Beardsley & Co. 1854.

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Hardback is overall in FAIR condition.

  • Features frontispiece.
  • Features illustrations of contributors.
  • Cloth boards feature intricate design with portion in gilt.
  • Spine features stylized title and publisher information in gilt.
  • Front panel shows considerable wear with .75" chip missing from lower left, additional fraying and edgewear with exposed boards.
  • Back panel shows considerable edgewear with some soiling to areas.
  • Spine is cracked and chipped at head near title.
  • Spine tail is cracked and chipped.
  • Front pastedown shows light pencil marks.
  • Interior is age toned and shows significant foxing throughout otherwise text is clean and legible.
  • Gutters cracked in places ex. 192/193 appears to show significant wear. See photos.
  • No writing, highlighting, or other intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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Subject: Black Americana
Topic: Essays & Speeches
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Auburn & Rochester
Place of Publication: Auburn & Rochester
Year Printed: 18540000
Author: Edited by Julia Griffiths
Region: North America
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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