THE UNDERGROUND RAIL ROAD: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives..., by William Still - 1872 [1st Ed]


The Underground Rail Road: A RECORD of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships, Hair-Breadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of the Slaves in their efforts for Freedom, as related by Themselves and Others, or Witnessed by the Author: Together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders and most liberal aiders and advisers of the road.

by William Still 

First Edition. Published by: Porter & Coates. Philadelphia, PA. 1872. 

Hardback is overall in GOOD condition. 

  • Library binding, with expected markings.
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  • Boards are moderately rubbed, darkened and stained with mild edgewear. Please see photos. 
  • Corners are moderately bumped with mild rubbing. 
  • Spine is secure with gilt lettering, bands and catalogue number and exhibits moderate signs of age and wear including stains, rubbed surface, a tear to a 1.5" portion of the rear spine ridge and softened, moderately rubbed ends. Please see photos. 
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  • Title page is age-toned and stained and exhibits a torn paper fragment adhered to the top edge, a 1.25" portion missing from the top edge, a 4.5" portion missing from the outer right edge, a hole-punched library stamp (FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY CAMDEN NJ) and slits along the edges. Please see photos. 
  • Illustrated plates are age-toned and stained with p.125 facing plate dog-eared along upper corner and the Charles D. Cleveland plate (p.724) missing while remaining plates are intact. Please see photos. 
  • Interior is age-toned and exhibits stains and foxing with additional wear to the following areas: pp.25-32 exhibit small open tears to the outer edges, pp.71-73 are dog-eared along the upper corners, pp. 121-125 are dog-eared along the upper corners, pp.329-348 exhibit a tear to the lower portion of the outer edges with a portion of the lower corner missing from p.348, underlining to pages 1, 4, 13, 20 and 23 and writing in pencil to 161 and 167. Please see photos. 
  • Textblock edges are darkened, rubbed and stained. 
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780 pages. 6.5" by 9.25". 

An account of America's underground railroad which helped slaves escape to the free states of the north. Includes testimonial letters from Horace Greeley, John G. Whittier, Lucretia Mott, etc.
Features engravings by Bensell, Schell and others. 

This primary source is an historically significant document by William Still (1821-1902), a free-born Black man who became an author and abolitionist movement leader in Philadelphia, PA. Before the American Civil War, Still was chairman of the Vigilance Committee of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, and directly aided fugitive slaves and kept records to help families reunite. After the war, he remained an important businessman and philanthropist, as well as used his meticulous records to write an account of the underground system and the experiences of many refugee slaves. [Wikipedia]

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Year Printed: 1872
Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Topic: Historical
Binding: Hardcover
Region: North America
Illustrator: Bensell Schell etc.
Author: William Still
Subject: Americana
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Publisher: Porter & Coates
Place of Publication: Philadelphia PA
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
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