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Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851)

Title page of Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself

The title page for Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851), published in Manchester, England, notes that this is the first edition produced in Great Britain. An earlier book about Henry Brown's escape from slavery by having himself sent in a box from Richmond to Philadelphia was published in Boston in 1849. The epigraph on the title page reminds the reader to " …forget not the unhappy, / For, ah! their friends are few."

Citation: Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown. A 1851 .B785. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Henry Box Brown

Created: 1851

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, at Philadelphia.

This engraving titled Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, at Philadelphia serves as the frontispiece for the book Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851) published in Manchester, England. The engraving depicts the scene of runaway slave Henry Brown being released from the box in which he was transported from Richmond to Philadelphia. Brown reached freedom through this ingenious method.

Robert Langton, who executed the image, was a well-known local engraver in Manchester who specialized in archaeological, architectural, and historical engravings. Langton based his engraving on an earlier lithograph.

Citation: Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown. A 1851 .B785. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

 

Original Author: Robert Langton, engraver

Created: 1851

Medium: Engraved frontispiece

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Title page of Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself

    The title page for Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851), published in Manchester, England, notes that this is the first edition produced in Great Britain. An earlier book about Henry Brown's escape from slavery by having himself sent in a box from Richmond to Philadelphia was published in Boston in 1849. The epigraph on the title page reminds the reader to " …forget not the unhappy, / For, ah! their friends are few."

    Citation: Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown. A 1851 .B785. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Henry Box Brown

    Created: 1851

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, at Philadelphia.

    This engraving titled Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, at Philadelphia serves as the frontispiece for the book Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851) published in Manchester, England. The engraving depicts the scene of runaway slave Henry Brown being released from the box in which he was transported from Richmond to Philadelphia. Brown reached freedom through this ingenious method.

    Robert Langton, who executed the image, was a well-known local engraver in Manchester who specialized in archaeological, architectural, and historical engravings. Langton based his engraving on an earlier lithograph.

    Citation: Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown. A 1851 .B785. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

     

    Original Author: Robert Langton, engraver

    Created: 1851

    Medium: Engraved frontispiece

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections