Dublin: Webb and Chapman, 1845. First Irish edition. Hardcover. xvi, 128p. A hardcover book recased with a new black cloth spine, retaining the original boards. The original cloth shows a few traces of shelf wear along the edges, with a few tiny rubbed-through spots. The endpapers are dampstained and the corners lightly bumped. Otherwise, the text is clean and the binding secure. A sturdy copy in very good condition overall. The gilt lettering on the cover is still shiny and unmarred. Item #174614
The first Irish edition of one of the most famous slave narratives, published the same year as the first American edition. The Irish edition did not include the frontispiece portrait of Douglass but does include an additional two-page preface written for this edition where Douglass discusses his reasons for traveling to England in late 1845.