Lot 5 of 457:
Elizabeth Keckley Behind the Scenes 1868  

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Title:
Behind the Scenes. Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House
Author:
Keckley, Elizabeth
Place:
New York
Publisher:
G.W. Carleton
Date:
1868
Description:

371, + [8] ad pp. Portrait frontispiece. (8vo) 18.4x12.8 cm (7¼x5"), maroon cloth rebacked with original spine strip laid down, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.

After purchasing the freedom of her son and herself, she was employed as a dressmaker in the home of Jefferson Davis and then by Abraham Lincoln, while in the White House. Previous owner's bookplate, rubber stamp from different owner on front free endpaper. 

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Condition:
Some soiling and wear to cloth, slight lean to spine; hinges repaired, light foxing, rear free endpaper chipped; very good.
 
Item number:
311740
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