Item #21218 Selections from the Writings of the Late Thomas Hedges Genin. With a Biographical Sketch. A Memorial Work. Thomas Hedges Genin.

Selections from the Writings of the Late Thomas Hedges Genin. With a Biographical Sketch. A Memorial Work.

New York: Edward O. Jenkins, Printer, 1869. First edition. 8vo (9/38 x 6.25 inches), original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering, [i-ii], [1-4], [3]-615, [1] pages. Lithograph frontis portrait, inserted engraved plate. A little rubbed and bumped, with the head of the spine a little frayed; in very good condition. Item #21218

Midland Notes 96: “He arrived in St Clairsville, Ohio, in 1817, and became closely associated with Benjamin Lundy, in the Union Humane Society; one of the country’s first anti-slavery societies; later giving financial support to Lundy’s Genuis of Universal Emancipation.” The biographical sketch here includes much on Genin’s abolitionist efforts. This volume also collects Genin’s early poetical work, the Napolead—a blank-verse epic which, in the words of William Cooper Howells (father of the novelist Wm. Dean Howells) was published because Genin “had money enough to spare in printing a book that was never to be sold.” (The elder Howells was an apprentice in the St. Clairsville print shop with the original edition of the Napolead was produced.) Lib. Company. Afro-Americana 4065; Sabin 26944. An ex-library copy, with the small Middlebury College label on the front pastedown (stamped withdrawn) and their early ink autograph accession note on the front free endpaper opposite. Shelfmark numbers added to the spine in white ink, with traces of adhesive residue, and an old circulation slip and paper strip in the rear endpapers.

Price: $200.00

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