Second edition of Memoir of Pierre Toussaint, Born a Slave in St. Domingo by Hannah F.S. Lee.
Twelvemo, , 124pp. Original publisher’s cloth, decorative designs stamped in blind on covers and spine. Stated “Second Edition” on title page. Lacking frontispiece portrait. Solid text block, sunning to spine, wear to corners and spine ends, some foxing, previous ownership notations on front endpapers. Pencil scribbles on rear endpapers. (Sabin 39737)
This scarce memoir follows the life of Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853), a Haitian-born New York hairdresser and philanthropist. The former slave was brought to New York City by his owners in 1787 and freed in 1807. In 1996, Toussaint was declared “venerable” by Pope John Paul II.