Voyage of The Liberdade.
Boston: Press of Robinson & Stephenson, 1890.
First edition. With photo of the Liberdade ship. vii, -171, pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt. Very Good Toy 1067. Item #333376
"After being stranded in Brazil with his wife and sons Garfield and Victor, he started building a boat that could sail them home. He used local materials, salvaged materials from the Aquidneck, and worked with local workers. The boat was launched on May 13, 1888, the very day slavery was abolished in Brazil, and therefore the ship was given the name Liberdade, the Portuguese word for freedom. It was an unusual 35-foot (11 m) junk-rigged design which he described as "half Cape Ann dory and half Japanese sampan". He and his family began their voyage back to the United States, his son Victor (15) being the mate.
After fifty-five days at sea and 5510 miles, the Slocums reached Cape Roman, South Carolina and continued inland to Washington D.C. for the winter and finally reaching Boston via New York in 1889. This was the last time Henrietta sailed with the family."
In 1890, Slocum published this first and rare edition.
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