Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave. Written by Himself.
Autobiography of author, editor, and antislavery activist Henry Walton Bibb (1815–1854), enslaved from birth in Shelby County, Kentucky. This 1969 facsimile reprint of Bibb’s autobiography was reprinted from the third edition published in New York in 1850.
“Although [Bibb’s] highly regarded Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave was not published until the spring of 1849, Bibb began telling the story of his life before antislavery crowds in Adrian, Michigan, in May 1844. His story proved so poignant in its depiction of human suffering and endurance, so heroic in its accounts of ingenious escapes, and so romantic in its adventures in the territories of the West that the Detroit Liberty Association undertook a full-scale investigation to allay public incredulity, an unprecedented response to a nineteenth-century slave narrative.” (ANB)
Description: Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave. Written by Himself.
New York: Negro Universities Press, (1850, 1969). Frontis., , xiv, , –204, pp. Sm. 8vo. Brown cloth; gilt spine titling. Facsimile Reprint of “Third Stereotype Edition.” Fine condition.