Still’s Underground Rail Road Records. Revised Edition. With a Life of the Author. Narrating the Hardships, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of the Slaves in their Efforts for Freedom. Together with Sketches of Some of the Eminent Friends of Freedom, and Most Liberal Aiders and Advisers of the Road.
Blockson 101 — “[O]ne of the most important figures in the history of the Underground Railroad.”
Revised edition of William Still’s The Underground Rail Road, first published in 1872 and here re-published by the author himself a with a new 64-page biography of Still by James P. Boyd and an index.
Still’s monumental work, approaching 800 pages, documented the efforts and frequent successes of fugitive slaves to seek freedom as they made their way north along the Underground Railroad. “Still worked diligently in the preparation of his book. He began to collect information as early as 1867. He kept detailed records of every fugitive passing through Philadelphia, which were preserved in his classic work published in 1872.” (Blockson 101) Blockson also writes: “William Still was one of the most energetic and adventurous of the many Philadelphians who operated the Underground Railroad. He had been born free, but his parents had undergone the hardships of escape. Still spent his life helping other escapees, and was so successful that, it was said, nineteen out of every twenty fugitives passing though Philadelphia stopped at his house.” (Afro-Americana Exhibition)
Description: Still’s Underground Rail Road Records. Revised Edition. With a Life of the Author. Narrating the Hardships, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of the Slaves in their Efforts for Freedom. Together with Sketches of Some of the Eminent Friends of Freedom, and Most Liberal Aiders and Advisers of the Road.
Philadelphia: William Still, Publisher, (1883) 1886. Revised Edition. Frontispiece port., , 7–21, , lxiv, 23–780, pp. + plates. Publisher’s light brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board; beveled edges. “Illustrated with 70 Fine Engravings by Bensell, Schell and Others, and Portraits from Photographs from Life.” Rubbing to head and tail of spine and along upper joint and at tips; spine gilt dulled; old name in ink pen to top-edge; hinges expertly strengthened with tissue. A very good tight copy.
Work p338. Blockson 101, #41.