Raleigh, NC, et al. Self-published, 1903. Hardcover. 8vo (8.1 in, 20.6 cm). [2 blanks] 371 [3 blanks] pp.; frontis., illus. Appendix.
First edition: Born a slave in 1853, Morgan London Latta was a graduate of Shaw University, a teacher, and founder of Latta University in West Raleigh, NC. Latta describes his work as the head of Latta University and his experiences in North Carolina, England, and France. Latta was also a minister. "I sincerely hope that those who may read these paragraphs will be inspired with new thoughts and ideas for usefulness. Be loyal to principle be true to thy fellow man. Press forward to the high calling, be trustworthy in all your obligations." - Preface.
Brignano, Black Americans 224. Publisher's pictorial cloth in green, red, and gilt. Double frontispiece with tissue guard plus 18 photographs throughout by Tucker Engraving Company. Fine interior. 1903 ownership signature to front free endpaper. Extremities lightly rubbed with gilt lettering faded. Well-preserved, tight, clean, and well-illustrated first edition. Very good+. Item #1080