FIRST EDITION OF REPORT OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH NATIONAL ANTI-SLAVERY FESTIVAL, 1858
(SLAVERY). Report of the Twenty-Fourth Anti-Slavery Festival. Boston: Printed for the Managers, 1858. Small octavo, stitched as issued, original printed cream paper wrappers; pp. 32. $2200.
First edition of this report on a major 1858 anti-slavery "fair," which raised $3800 for abolitionist causes.
In the 19th century, fairs and festivals were popular ways to fundraise for specific causes. In 1858, the National Anti-Slavery Festival raised $3800 for abolitionist causes, largely through selling dedicated women's crafts and baked goods. The women came from both the United States and Europe, all galvanized by the opportunity to work toward ending American slavery using their own particular skills. This report chronicles the events and participants in the 24th Anti-Slavery Festival and reprints correspondence by prominent abolitionists including John Quincy Adams and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Red stamp reading, "31 105" on front wrapper.
Faint dampstain to last half of text, corner of front wrapper chipped, light soiling to wrappers. An extremely good copy.