Item #21221 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 neatly rebacked with the original spine laid down, gilt lettering, [i-ii], [1-4], [3]-615, [1] pages. Lithograph frontis portrait, inserted engraved plate. Light damp-stain along the upper edge of the frontispiece and text block; some general wear and soiling; in good condition. Item #21221

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. With an ink presentation inscription on the front free endpaper from John N. Genin (son of the subject) on the front free endpaper. An ex-library copy, with the early label of the City of Lowell library (stamped withdrawn) on the front pastedown and their stamps and notations in the prelims, on the verso of the title page, and in the rear, with evidence of a removed circulation pocket and slip in the rear endpapers. Small shelfmark label to the spine.

Price: $75.00

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