"I WAS NOT BORN WITH A HUNGER TO BE FREE. I WAS BORN FREE": LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, INSCRIBED BY NELSON MANDELA
MANDELA, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. Boston: Little, Brown, (1994). Thick octavo, original half black cloth, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket. $5500.
First American edition, first printing, of the stirring autobiography of the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winner and South Africa's first black president, inscribed on the title page, "To Micheal, Best Wishes, NMandela 6.4.2000."
"The Nelson Mandela who emerges from his memoir… is considerably more human than the icon of legend… Mandela is, on the evidence of his amazing life, neither a messiah nor a moralist nor really a revolutionary but a pragmatist to the core, a shrewd balancer of honor and interests. He is, to use a word unhappily fallen into disrepute, a politician, though one distinguished from lesser practitioners of his calling mainly by his unwavering faith in his ultimate objective, ending white minority rule" (New York Times). This edition was issued simultaneously in England and the United States and in the same year as a South African edition. Illustrated with 24 pages of black-and-white photographs. With a laid-in note explaining that the book was inscribed after a lecture delivered by Mandela at the London School of Economics.