"YOU ARE IN A FREE STATE, AND HAVE ONLY TO GO ASHORE TO BE FREE"
(SLAVERY) WILLIAMSON, Passmore. Case of Passmore Williamson. Philadelphia, 1856.
First edition of "the most complete record available" of the controversial Pennsylvania case on fugitive slaves, an exceptional presentation copy inscribed by Williamson to, "R. l. Bodley, With respects of P. Williamson," a core work establishing a precedent "in federal and state courts… and important cause célèbre for the antislavery movement," crucial in asserting a clear path for the following year's Dred Scott decision and provoking a "legal crisis… that led to the Civil War." $3200.