Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860. 118pp. Lithographic portrait, with tissue guard intact. Original printed wrappers with advertisements on verso of front wrapper and both sides of rear wrapper. Inconspicuous chipping to wrapper at spine and corners, else very good. Item #WRCAM35429
A widely distributed and influential speech by the outspoken Senator Sumner, in which he "set forth his indictment of slavery in its social, moral, and economic as well as political aspects" (DAB). Of the several 1860 editions, the present volume is the most deluxe and is given priority by Sabin. "Of this speech it would be impertinent to speak in praise; for the whole country has already rendered its opinion of it. It is henceforth a classic. This edition is printed on fine paper, with large, clear type, and contains a splendid lithographic likeness of the orator, which is pronounced by his friends to be the only true portrait extant of him as he appears to-day, and is of itself worth the price of the book" - publisher's advertisement on rear wrapper. SABIN 93643. DAB XVIII, p.211.