Lot 6 of 539:
1841 Memoirs of a free Black of mixed race in Rhode Island  

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Title:
Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge

Author:
Eldridge, Elleanor

Place:
Providence, Rhode Island

Publisher:
B.T. Albro

Date:
1840

Description:

128pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece engraving of the author. 4x5½", original binding of marbled paper-covered boards and green cloth spine, lacking spine label. Second Edition. 

Classic autobiography of a free Black woman of mixed race, born in Rhode Island, the daughter of a Indian woman and an enslaved African who won his freedom by fighting in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. 

Elleanor earned a living doing housework, and borrowed money to invest in real estate, but lost her property to a swindling creditor when she became ill. Friends helped her publish this narrative, copies of which she sold, travelling from town to town, to pay the legal costs of recovering her property.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Edges worn, especially corners; spine label missing; interior toned; otherwise very good.


 
Item number:
287873
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