"THE MOST DARING, LEGENDARY, AND COURAGEOUS CONDUCTOR ON THE… 'UNDERGROUND RAILROAD'": FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ON THE LIFE OF HARRIET TUBMAN
(TUBMAN, Harriet) BRADFORD, Sarah H. Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Auburn, 1869.
First edition of the groundbreaking first book on the life of Harriet Tubman—"a major watershed in the evolution of the Tubman legend… the principal textual source for information about Tubman for more than a quarter-century"(Sernett)—featuring interviews with Tubman, testimonials and reportage of her bravery in the Underground Railroad, and as a scout and spy in the Civil War, where she "became the first woman to lead a military expedition in an American war" (ANB), with famed woodcut-engraved frontispiece of Tubman with rifle in hand, in original cloth. $7800.