Life and Adventures of Robert, The Hermit of Massachusetts,Who has lived 14 Years in a Cave, secluded from human Society... Taken from his own mouth, and published for his benefit.
Providence, RI: H. Trumbull, 1829. 12mo. 36 pp. Newly rebound in pale blue wraps with plain tan cloth spine. Original covers missing. Frontispiece engraving: portrait of Robert, with added hand-tinting (not original). Page edges mostly sharp; slight chipping to frontis., p. 31-36 (not affecting text). Foxing slight to moderate, last two pages the most. Title page continued: "..Comprising An Account of His Birth, Parentage, Sufferings, and providential escape from unjust and cruel Bondage in early life -- and his reasons for becoming a Recluse." Robert, born in Princeton NJ into slavery, of an African mother and an English gentleman father, and raised on the estate of John Voorhis in Georgetown, District of Columbia. He is cheated of his promised purchased freedom by a monstrous swindler, taken from his family and sold as a slave in Charleston. The story of his escape and the events leading up to his life in solitude. Author Trumbull as given on copyright page. Sabin 97199 (indicates the author may be S. S. Southworth); Blockson 3237. Good Rebound - Wraps (Item ID: 4005)