Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1888. First Edition. A key historical work by Simms (1823-1912), an African-American minister, publisher, and member of the Georgia Assembly during the Reconstruction era. The First Colored Baptist Church, today called First Bryan Baptist Church, is considered the mother church of the Black Baptists, founded in 1788 in Savannah, GA, by Andrew Bryan, a former slave in South Carolina who purchased his freedom. WORK, p.405. Octavo (19.5cm); variant bound in red cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; [ii],5-264,pp, with frontispiece and six plates. Moderate rubbing, dust-soil, and scattered staining to cloth, board exposure to upper corners, with some ink spatter to text edges, and some scattered staining in text; contemporary owners names on preliminary blank, with some adhesive pull to rear pastedown; endpapers lacking, though text is complete; Good.