Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872.
First edition. Bound in publisher's original terracotta cloth ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Good. Spine rebacked retaining to original cloth and endsheets. Cloth edge worn with some exposure to boards. Water stain to frontis portrait of William Still to top corner not affecting the image, former owner name in very light pencil to first blank sheet, short closed tear to upper margin of plate facing page 95, worming to pages 401-428 confined to the bottom margin. Four-page publisher's prospectus consisting of praise of the text by white abolitionists bound at front; the portrait of Charles D. Cleveland called for at page 724 was apparently never issued. William Still was known as the father of the Underground Railroad, directly aiding fugitive slaves and keeping detailed records in order to help them reunite with family members. This book chronicles stories and methods of over 600 slaves who escaped to freedom through the Underground Railroad, related by themselves or others, or witnessed by the author. Item #140941625