RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
Bidding Closes Thursday January 21
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots 

Item 140 - Frederick Douglass Catalog 401 (Jan 2013)

Back To Previous Page
(we are no longer accepting bids on this item)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Sold Price: $18,678.00 (includes buyer's premium)

Description


Former slave (1818–1895) who lent his eloquent, powerful voice to the abolitionist movement. Original Civil War-dated 2.5 x 4.25 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Douglass by Curtis & Crosby, signed at the bottom of the image in black ink, “Fred’k Douglass, 1864.” Printed text on the reverse reads: “Photographed by Curtis & Crosby, Lewiston, Me.” In very good condition, with a central horizontal crease, some light spots and rubbing to the finish, and a couple pencil notations to the reverse. In 1863, Douglass had become the first African-American to be granted an audience with the president, and he met with Lincoln multiple times throughout 1864—including one meeting about organizing slave escapees as volunteers for the Union army. This portrait—signed after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect but before the end of the Civil War and adoption of the 13th Amendment—comes from a period in Douglass’s life when he saw the change he had been working for beginning to take hold. Also exceptionally rare, this is the first Douglass signed photo we have ever offered. RR Auction COA.

Terms and abbreviations used in our descriptions.

Images


Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge

Important Information


Tips For Consignors

Auctions

For a complete list of auction beginning and ending dates, check our dates and deadlines page.