Blight, David W. (Author) & Douglass, Frederick (Subject). FREDERICK DOUGLASS: PROPHET OF FREEDOM. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 888 pages. Fine/Fine.

Monumental biography of subject. The definitive biography of Frederick Douglass for our time. The First Hardcover Edition in its First Printing and First-State DJ (NO "Pulitzer Prize" Imprint). Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David W. Blight's "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom". The first biography, in more than 25 years, of the greatest American heroic figure after Abraham Lincoln of the 19th century. As fiery, moving, and eloquent as its fiery, moving, and eloquent orator, polemicist-activist, ideologue-politician, memoirist-writer, and above all, as the title says, quasi-religious secular prophet. Perhaps unbeknownst to him and his coevals, he remains THE true prophet of freedom for our time: "Oh! Be warned! Be warned! A horrible reptile is coiled up in your nation's bosom. The venomous creature is nursing at the tender breast of your youthful republic!" (Frederick Douglass, on what he, clearsighted until the end, foresaw as the persistence of systemic racism in America). "A breathtaking history that demonstrates the scope of Frederick Douglass' influence through deep research on his writings, his intellectual evolution, and his relationships" (Pulitzer Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Frederick Douglass and David W. Blight collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "David W. Blight Yale University April 1, 2019". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. His signature is quite special because David W. Blight is Yale University Professor of American History and Director of its Gilder Lerman Center. Laid-in is a copy of the lovely American Academy of Arts & Sciences Yale University Lecture Program during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed, placed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/First-State DJ (NO "Pulitzer Prize" Imprint) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online are in innumerable subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2019 for "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom". One of the most important American historians of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1416590315. $300.00

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