Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana.
Northup, a free man, was abducted from New York and sold into slavery after being promised employment from two men who drugged and kidnapped him and sold him to a notorious slave trader. This is his harrowing account of his enslavement and eventual path to freedom: “Thus began Northup’s twelve years as a slave. His narrative, Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, 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.” (ANB) “The greatest personal satisfaction from the publication of the autobiography probably came when it led to the identity and capture of his kidnappers in 1854.” (DANB) Made into the Oscar award-winning movie of the same named released in 2013.
Description: Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana.
Auburn: Derby and Miller. Buffalo: Derby, Orton and Mulligan. London: Sampson Low, Son and Company, 1853. [4, (publisher’s adverts)], Frontis, xvi, , 336pp. With six wood engraved plates. “Eighth Thousand.” Octavo, publisher’s cloth blocked in blind. Gilt-stamping to spine dulled, light wear to head and tail of spine, scattered foxing, attractive 19th c. bookplate inside front cover. A very good and tight copy.
Work p313. Blockson Collection 10165. Dumond p85–86.