New York: For Sale by Ross & Tousey, 1861. Softcover. 8vo (8.1 in, 22.6 cm). 198 pp.; front. port.
Sole edition: Gerrit Smith (1797-1874) was a leading philanthropist and abolitionist. Smith generously donated to religious charities, promoted international peace, prison reform, temperance, land reform, and supported his wife and daughter who participated in the women's rights movement. Smith's greatest commitment was to end slavery and helped escaped enslaved people to reach Canada. Smith spent fifty years in politics in support of emancipation, helped to form the Liberty Party, often spoke in support of the cause, then spoke in support of Lincoln. This is considered to be one of his most important works.
OCLC. ANB. DAB. Publisher's flexible covers decorated and bordered in blind with gilt lettering and flat spine. Frontispiece portrait of author engraved by A.H. Ritchie with clean tissue guard. Brown coated endpapers. Spine sunned, front lower tip slightly bumped. Remarkably well-preserved, tight, and clean sole edition. Near fine. Item #1166