Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1853. First edition. Isaac Tatem Hopper (1771 – 1852) was a leading Pennsylvania abolitionist who protected free Black people and fugitives from slavery. Between 1841 and 1845, he served as the treasurer and book agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Hopper was also a prison reformer, an overseer of the Negro School for Children in Philadelphia, and a teacher in a free school for Black adults. With frontisportrait and one plate (both of Hopper) with tissue guards. Minor edgewear. Yellow coated endpapers. Some foxing to plates and title-page, but otherwise very clean throughout. Two early pencil ownership signatures to front flyleaf. A near fine copy, unusually fresh and tight, of Child’s biography of her friend, in a custom cloth open-end slipcase. Publisher’s brown cloth titled in gilt on spine. Twelvemo. xvi, 493 pp. Item #17532
Lydia Maria Child (1802 – 1880) was a women’s rights activist, novelist, educator, and dedicated abolitionist. She authored numerous anti-slavery publications, edited Harriet Ann Jacobs’ classic memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) and offered protection and shelter to Black people fleeing slavery. Child was also a member of the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society and an editor of The National Anti-Slavery Standard, the society’s periodical.
BAL 3174. Dumond. Bibliography of Antislavery in America, p. 38.