London: Serpent's Tail, 2018. Joe Wilson (illustration). First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by author. Used - Fine/As New. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Clean, unmarked, tight. Signed, inscribed ("And so we did not die"), and dated (2 Aug 2018) by author in black ink on title page. Illustrated endpapers. 14 x 22 cm. 417 pp. / Fine/As New My lar protective cover applied. Item #12735
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Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
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