Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1855.
Hardcover. First edition. Two volumes. Octavos. 435, ; 448, pp. Brown cloth gilt. Very small breaks in the cloth at the spine ends, front fly with the inscription is a bit crooked, possibly inserted after it had detached, tiny later owner label in Volume II, overall a handsome, near fine set. Inscribed in Volume I: "G.R. Russell with regards of Theo. Parker. 3 May 1855." There are several marginal notations, mostly in pencil, in both volumes, likely in Russell's hand.
A significant portion of the two volumes is dedicated to speeches and sermons in support of the abolitionist cause. Russell, the former Mayor of Roxbury, was an intimate friend and next-door neighbor of Parker's and a fellow abolitionist. He presided over the great public meeting on May 26, 1854 at Faneuil Hall protesting the kidnapping of Anthony Burns under the Fugitive Slave Act, where both Parker and Wendell Phillips spoke. The crowd then proceeded to the courthouse where Burns was held, participating in what became known as The Boston Slave Riot, perhaps the single most radicalizing event in the abolitionist movement. Additionally, Russell, at Parker's request, provided money in support of John Brown and his activities. A significant association.