Twelve Years A Slave - Solomon Northup

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Auburn, New York: Derby and Miller (1853). Twelve Years A Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup. Hard cover. Octavo. pp. 336. First Edition. First Printing.

Rare Un-Restored Association Copy of the First Edition of Solomon Northup's harrowing account of his kidnapping and enslavement in Louisiana, 1841.

Inscribed on the flyleaf "A. M. Barber, | Presented by the Publishers."

Book Condition: Very Good with publisher's full dark brown cloth, boards decoratively ruled and paneled in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Approx. 2" cloth separation from boards at base of spine and 1/4" separation at top. Foxing throughout. Four-page "History of All Nations" catalog bound between front paste-down and flyleaf, as issued. Wood-engraved frontispiece portrait of the author and two further wood-engraved plates throughout. Four wood-engraved illustrations are missing. Beautiful un-restored copy of this rare book. 

Solomon Northup's (1807/08 - 1863 ??), a free man living in New York with his family, was promised employment by two con men who drugged and kidnapped him, selling him into slavery in Louisiana. His book recounts the remarkable series of events that lead to his eventual freedom. 

His narrative, far more than just a personal memoir, provides a detailed and fascinating portrait of the people, circumstances, and social practices he encountered. His account of the slave market, his fellow captives, and how they were all treated is especially vivid.

Basis for the 2013 Academy Award-Winning Film of the same name. 


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