New York: Doubleday, Page, 1901. Hardcover. Small 8vo (7.9 in, 20.1 cm). ix, 330 pp. C. & p.
First edition: Autobiography of a self-made man's rise from slavery to prominence as the founder of Tuskegee University, world-renowned author, and influential public speaker on behalf of African-Americans. A highly compelling read famously opening, "I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia."
Blockson 101. Ribbed burgundy cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Top edge gilt; fore-edge untrimmed. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard. Graceful ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine ends lightly worn, front cover with faint trace of flecks, first three text leaves with small faint stain dissipating at fore-edge, gutter with small spot stain. Well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Very good+ with no jacket as issued. Item #1083