The Liberty Bell. ABOLITION, By Friends of Freedom, ed. Maria Weston CHAPMAN.

The Liberty Bell

Boston: Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Fair, 1843. 12mo (20cm). In yellow paper-covered boards, printed in black, all edges gilt; yellow coated endpapers; viii, 208pp; frontispiece portrait of Charles Follen. With nineteenth century bookplate from the Lawrence Academy to front pastedown. Sturdy, but lacking paper over spine, with small blue stain to outer edge of front board; prelims foxed; small abrasion to rear free e.p. and pastedown: Good.

This abolition-themed literary annual appeared annually (with a few gaps) from 1839-1858; this issue with contributions by Harriet Martineau, William Lloyd Garrison, and many others. See THOMPSON, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books, p.82ff, attributing primary editorship to Maria Weston Chapman. "Compared to that of most other American gift books, the format of The Liberty Bell is strikingly modest. The sobriety was probably due not to reverence for simplicity as much as to scarcity of funds, even were there some regard for the impropriety of elaborate decoration in an anti-slavery annual" (Thompson p.85). FAXON 483.

Price: $300.00

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