HARRIET: THE MOSES OF HER PEOPLE, by Sarah H. Bradford - 1886 [True 1st Ed]

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Harriet: The Moses of Her People

by Sarah H. Bradford 

TRUE FIRST EDITION. New York: Geo. R. Lockwood & Son, 1886.

Hardback is overall in GOOD+ condition.

  • Antiquarian binding features cloth covers with gilt stylized lettering on front and blind-tooled lines along head and foot edges, identical on front and back.
  • Boards display commensurate overall edgewear with fraying and exposed boards at corners.
  • Covers exhibit light occasional damp staining, small bumps, as well as some rippling of cloth over back board. (See photos)
  • Spine features text in gilt, and displays overall rubbing all along shoulders, as well as chipping and fraying at ends, including a 0.75" long chip descending along front shoulder from head. (See photos)
  • Spine also shows a closed tear on whole width going through title. (minimally affecting it)
  • Binding is secure with occasional gaps at gutter, as well as front hinge. (See photos)
  • Book features handsome endpapers with flowery designs, that exhibit gentle toning.
  • Interior is overall gently age-toned and well preserved, with rare fingerprints and foxing to corners.
  • Inside pages display occasional ink marginalia and underlining throughout on 62 of the 149 pages, as well as some writing on front feps. (See photos)
  • Text block edges display commensurate aging, with some damp staining to foot, and darkening to head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190731

149 pages. 4.5 x 6.75 inches.

Book features antiquarian binding with gilt lettering on front cover and handsome endpapers with flowery designs.

First published in 1886 from a compilation of essays, this book tells the story of the most prominent Conductors along the Underground Railroad. Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was lucky enough to escape. She then armed herself with her mission from god and a pistol, and was able to rescue many from the horror and abuse of slavery, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. 

Although these were verified as Tubman's stories, her biographer altered them to be more palatable to the average white reader. To that end, the experiences of slavery in the American South were significantly toned down--according to Tubman's comments after the book was first published. Some claim that this 1st edition is more true to life than later editions.

This is the story of a remarkable woman who achieved great things. For Harriet Tubman, illiteracy was no obstacle, for she had a courage and tenacity which more than compensated. A famous quote about her work in the Underground Railroad: "I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger." Ms. Tubman later went on to assist abolitionist John Brown in finding men for his raid on Harpers Ferry. During the Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the United States Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the struggle for women's suffrage.

About the author: Primarily a writer of children's stories, Sarah Hopkins Bradford (1818-1912) published two books about Tubman, as part of an effort to raise funds for Tubman who was living in poverty after a life devoted to helping others to a better life. It was many years after the war, and only after a great deal of advocacy on her behalf, before the American Union Army recognized Ms. Tubman's tireless and heroic efforts throughout the Civil War.

PROVENANCE: blue ink pen marginalia throughout book, as well as pencil writing mentioning Earl Conrad (or his signature?), American author known for his biographies of famous people like the autobiography of Errol Flynn, that he ghost wrote. Earl Conrad (1912-1986) is noted for his biographies of Harriet Tubman. 

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