HENSON, Josiah, and John LOBB [editor]. "Uncle Tom's Story of His Life." An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson (Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom"). From 1789 to 1876 … Fifty-fifths Thousand. London, "Christian Age" Office, 1877.
8vo. Original red pictorial cloth with bevelled edges, all edges gilt; pp. 236, two wood-engraved portraits; apart from light spotting initially, and repair to lower hinge, a beautiful copy.
'Henson used the publication of Stowe’s books to agitate for change in the United States. He re-published his memoir and used the funds to purchase his brother’s freedom. He supported black families whose husbands and fathers went off to fight in the Civil War. He ran businesses in Canada to employ black refugees. In 1876, at age 87, Henson did a 100-plus city speaking tour of the United Kingdom to relieve himself of debts shouldered on behalf of the work at Dawn, and Queen Victoria invited him to Windsor Castle. Sixteen years after the Civil War ended, Rutherford B. Hayes entertained him at the White House' (The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, in: Smithsonian Magazine, online). - We have only seen this printing, and no earlier one, on the market.