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Description: JOHN BROWN
(1800 - 1859) American abolitionist who became obsessed with idea of abolishing slavery by force, massacred five slavery adherents at Pottawatomie, seized the arsenal at Harpers Ferry and was hanged for treason. His signature "Your Affectionate Father John Brown" on a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" slip removed from a letter and bearing a note of authentication from his son, JOHN BROWN, JR. (b.1824) below, who writes: "Autograph of John Brown from letter addressed to John Brown Jr. March 24th, 1851 J[ohn]. B[rown]. Jr.," The slip is affixed to the front blank flyleaf of Stephen Vincent Benét's volume of poetry, John Brown's Body (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1928) FIRST EDITION, 377pp. 8vo. in black cloth boards. With bookplate of Otto Orren Fisher on front pastedown. The manuscript bears some folds and light soiling but is in overall very good condition. The volume is overall quite clean with only a hint of toning to pages, binding intact.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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