Carlilsle: Charles Thurnam and Sons, 1862. First edition of a rare private family publication, with a presentation inscription, dated 1863, from Effie MacInnes, Priscilla Johnston's eldest daughter, who, according to an inserted note, died in 1914. Illustrated with four mounted photographs, including a frontisportrait of Johnston from a painting, two other portraits from life, two portraits of other people, and a study of her grave. Also with four lithographed plates. Text ruled in red throughout. First and last few leaves lightly foxed. Former owner's ink signature, dated 1867, on a preliminary blank. Blue cloth, blocked in black, title printed in gilt, beveled edges. Expertly rebacked, with old spine laid down. Small quarto. xi, , 203 pp. Item #16436
Priscilla Johnston, née Buxton,was the daughter of eminent Quaker reformer and philanthropist Thomas Buxton (1786-1845). Thomas Buxton was a Member of Parliament from 1818 to 1837, and there he fought for changes in prison conditions and for the abolition of slavery. He helped found the Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery (later the Anti-Slavery Society) in 1823. He took over as leader of the abolition movement in the British House of Commons after William Wilberforce retired in 1825. Priscilla Johnston was born in 1852 and died at the age of forty-four. There are sections in her journal about the anti-slavery campaign and about the noted Quaker prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.
OCLC notes eight copies of this publication in libraries, four in the United Kingdom and four in America (Graduate Theological Union Library in California, Michigan State University, Duke, and Princeton).