First EditionSTILL, William. The Underground Rail Road: A record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, &c., narrating the hardships, hairbreadth escapes and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom as Related by Themselves or Others, or Witnessed by the Author. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872. First edition. Bound in publisher's original terracotta cloth ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, spine rebacked. Includes frontispiece portrait and tissue guard. William Still was known as the father of the Underground Railroad, directly aiding fugitive slaves and keeping detailed records in order to help them reunite with family members. This book chronicles stories and methods of over 600 slaves who escaped to freedom through the Underground Railroad, related by themselves or others, or witnessed by the author. It is one of the most important first hand texts on slavery in the United States. Minor bumping to corners and toning to pages. Overall in very good condition, and quite rare on the market in 2022.