“I WAS NOT BORN WITH A HUNGER TO BE FREE. I WAS BORN FREE”: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, SIGNED AND DATED BY NELSON MANDELA
MANDELA, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. Boston: Little, Brown, (1994). Thick octavo, original half black cloth, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of the stirring autobiography of the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winner and South Africa’s first black president, signed and dated on the title page: “N Mandela, 12.5.05.”
“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). Since the demise of apartheid, South Africa has become a prominent host of international sporting events, beginning with the 1995 Rugby World Cup: the first World Cup to boast every match taking place in the same country; the last major event of rugby’s amateur era; and South Africa’s first championship title in the sport. Mandela himself presented the trophy in Johannesburg. That same year, Mandela established his Childrens Fund, which proceeds from this signed limited edition supported, “to change the way society treats its children and youth” (Fund Vision Statement). First printing. This first edition was issued simultaneously in England and the United States. Illustrated with 24 pages of black-and-white photographs.
A fine signed copy.