Frederick Douglass Lif och Samtid. [Life and Times of Frederick Douglass]
First Swedish edition of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. This final edition of the statesman’s life concludes with chapters primarily concerned with his role as Consul General to Haiti. It then records his death on February 20, 1895, the year of this edition.
The book did not “ sell widely, as had his first two autobiographies, but the Life and Times maintained Douglass’s conviction that his had been a ‘life of victory, if not complete, at least assured.’ The text shows Douglass dedicated in the ideal of building a racially integrated America in which skin color would cease to determine an individual’s social value and economic options.” [Andrews, Oxford Companion to African American Literature.]
The bookbinder’s name is stamped in blind to the lower board, “Joh. Nilssons Bokbinderi Stockholm”. Amply illustrated, a clever design element shows the famed orator’s bust portrait resting on the capital letter of “D” in Douglass to the upper cover.
The book was also issued in green cloth. OCLC notes seven copies in America.
Description: Frederick Douglass Lif och Samtid. [Life and Times of Frederick Douglass]
Stockholm: N.J. Schedins Förlag, (1895). 733, pp. +  plate leaves. Publisher’s gilt and blocked blue cloth. Mild binding soil, recto of frontispiece and a handful of pages, variously, with light creases or light smudges or corner-tip creases; Very Good.