Watertown: Ingalls & Stowell's Steam Press, 1852. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's brown blind-embossed cloth, gilt-lettered spine; 285pp. Boards slightly scuffed with brief exposure at corners, spine ends a bit softened, contemporary blue pencil ownership signature to front free endpaper, textblock significantly foxed, else a Very Good, still quite fresh copy.
Biography of the traveling preacher Charles Bowles (1761-1843), the son of a black father and white mother, who had fought in the Revolutionary War and settled in Vermont where he and several others would form a multiracial abolitionist community (see Karl Winter "Bordering Freedom But Unable to Cross Into the Promised Land: Africans in Early Vermont," in "Historical Reflections," Vol. 32, no. 3 (Fall, 2006), pp. 488 and 491.) LCP AFRO-AMERICANA 5834; SABIN 40818.