The Night of Freedom: An Appeal, in Verse, Against the Crime of Our Country, Human Bondage! [Inscribed to Henry W. Cushman]

Boston: Sam'l Chism, 1857. First Edition. Collection of abolitionist poetry inscribed to former member of the Massachusetts State Senate Henry W. Cushman (1805-1863). Written the same year as the Dred Scott decision, Hebbard's lengthy poem refers to the Missouri Territory, to which Scott had tried to escape: "On such an Eden-land for slaves and chains? / Alas! already here? Hark to the yell! / The border-ruffians striking Freedom's knell" (p. 29). DUMOND, p. 64; LCP AFRO-AMERICANA 4692; SABIN 31197. Slim octavo (23cm.); publisher's cream wrappers printed within double rule; 42pp. Wrappers rather heavily dampstained bleeding into textblock, spine chipped, else Good or better. Inscribed by the author to upper cover: "Hon. Henry W. Cushman / Best Regards of the Author."

Price: $250.00

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