A Fool’s Errand and The Invisible Empire. [2 Vols. In one]


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Hardcover, original brown cloth lettered and decorated in black and gold. New enlarged and illustrated edition, two parts complete in one volume. 521 pages. Illustrated with frontispiece and 15 full page plates. First edition thus. Full title reads: “A Fool’s Errand, / By One Of The Fools; / The Famous Romance Of American History, / New, Enlarged and Illustrated Edition. / To Which Is Added, By The Author, / Part II / The Invisible Empire: / A Concise Review Of The Epoch / On Which The Tale Is Based. / With / Many Thrilling Personal Narratives and Startling Facts of Life at / the South, never before narrated for the general reader. / ALL FULLY AUTHENTICATED.” Albion W. Tourgée was a white lawyer, who had fought for the North, and served as a lawyer and judge in post Civil War North Carolina. His effort to uphold his interpretation of “color-blind justice” led him to oppose the rise of Jim Crow laws and he, among other cases, went on to litigate the famous Plessy v. Ferguson case(1896). The present volume was his most famous literary effort against racism and one of the first major acknowledgments of the Ku-Klux Klan. Previous owner’s name inside front cover, A superior copy, binding tight, cloth clean and interior unmarked, with no foxing, writing, etc. Near fine.

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Weight 2.31 lbs
Book Author

Tourgee, Albion W.


Fords, Howard & Hulbert

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Publish Place

New York


8vo – over 7¾ – 9¾" tall

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