Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography of Booker T. Washington
New York A. L. Burt Company 1901 Early Reprint Cloth Good with no dust jacket
330 pp., index. Brown boards with ivory lettering and a silver design. Some shelfwear at spine ends. top corners have small chips. Half-title page detached, cracked at free end-paper. Glossy frontispiece. Text is well-preserved.
From the Preface: "I have tried to tell a simple, straightforward story, with no attempt at embellishment. My regret is that what I have attempted to do has been done so imperfectly." From the first chapter: "I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact place or exact date of my birth, but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale's Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not know the month or the day. The earliest impressions I can now recall are of the plantation and the slave quarters - the latter being the part of the plantation where the slaves had their cabins. My life had its beginnings in the midst of the most miserable, desolate, and discouraging surroundings. This was so, however, not because my owners were especially cruel, for they were not, as compared with many others. I was born in a typical log cabin, about 14 by 16 feet square. In this cabin I lived with my mother and a brother and sister till after the Civil War, when we were all declared free."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall