Auburn: Derby and Miller, et al. 1853. Hardcover. Early edition. 8vo. viii,(17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers.
Eighth thousand. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author.
Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, boards showing through holes in cloth and along edges. Dampstain along the top of the first two signatures. Lacks the end of the contents (2 signatures), text shaked and loose, closed tear on p. 26-27. A poor copy but reasonable presentable on the shelf, with the main text intact.
Apparently the copy of A. A. Phipps of Smithfield, NY. There are contemporary ink notations in the front: "A. A. Phipps, Smithfield, March, 1854", then "This to A. Alton Phipps", then, "A. A. Phipps Book", then "Twelve Years a Slave in Lewisburg Lousiana. Solomon Northup". In the rear, in what might be a different hand, "A. A. Phips Smithfield."
A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made into a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award.
. Poor. Item #21159