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Rare copy of Twelve Years a Slave sells for $3,500

A rare second printing of Twelve Years a Slave — Narrative of Solomon Northup has sold for $3,500 on AbeBooks. The full title of this book is Twelve Years a Slave — Narrative of Solomon Northup. A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, From a Common Plantation Near the Red River, in Louisiana.

Published in 1853, this historic slavery memoir is the basis for the movie, Twelve Years a Slave – the bookmaker’s favorite to win this year’s Oscar for best picture.

The book details Northup’s kidnapping, sale into slavery, and plantation life in Louisiana. It was published shortly after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was an immediate bestseller. Steve McQueen’s acclaimed movie has given the book a new audience.

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