New York: Doubleday, Page, 1904. Hardcover. 8vo (8.1 in, 26 cm). [i-iv] i-xi [blank], 1-246 pp.; frontis. port., illus.
First edition: 1904 on title-page, copyright page, and introduction. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) rose from slavery to prominence and believed in manual labor to build skills and the industrious character necessary for success in life. Washington founded Tuskegee University where students were required to participate in manual labor to benefit themselves and the university.
NUC NW0093213. Original light blue publisher's cloth decorated in navy blue and lettered in white. Fully illustrated with frontispiece portrait and 50 black and white photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston. No signs of ownership or readership. One fold unopened. Extremities lightly rubbed, page corner roughly opened. Well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Near Fine. Item #1140