Chicago: Meyer & Brother, Publishers, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #400
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 7 7/8" x 5 1/2". Brown pebbled cloth, spine gilt, front board triple ruled in blind with a gilt portrait of the author. Pp. [blank, 3] [frontis] [I-III] IV-XVI 17-506 + 25 interpersed illustrated plates not included in the pagination. Amanda Smith was a former slave whose father was allowed to earn money outside of his farm duties, eventually earning enough to buy his family's freedom. Blessed with a magical voice, Smith ultimately travelled the world preaching for the Presbyterian Church. In addition to her life as an evangelist, she raised funds to create the Amanda Smith Orphanage and Industrial Home for Abandoned and Destitute Colored Children. This book is an exhaustive document detailing her life and work. Blockson 2238. Work p. 475 (later edition). A superlative copy and rare thus. Condition: Fine. Exceptionally bright boards looking as new as its date of issue. Pages bright with no toning, foxing or writing. Almost impercebtible closed tear to the bottom margin of the title page and the first 10 or so leaves with faint surface creases. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Texas Booksellers Association and the Independent Online Booksellers Association and adhere to their rules of ethics.