First EditionDOUGLASS, Frederick. Life and Times of Frederick Douglass written by Himself. His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History to the Present Time. 1881 First Edition, First Printing. Introduction by Mr. George L. Ruffin of Boston. Douglass, third and last autobiography, and his only autobiography published after emancipation. His most revealing by far; as for the first time he was able to reveal details of his escape.
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass is Frederick Douglass' third autobiography, published in 1881, revised in 1892 (our copy is the original First Edition, First printing, before his revision). Douglass’ two previous autobiographies, published before emancipation, necessarily withheld information about his escape from bondage, as this would have put those involved in danger. Because of the emancipation of American slaves during and following the American Civil War, Douglass gave more details about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery in this volume than he could previously. It is the only one of Douglass' autobiographies to discuss his life during and after the Civil War, including his encounters with American presidents such as Lincoln and Garfield, his account of the ill-fated "Freedman's Bank", and his service as the United States Marshall of the District of Columbia. Includes portraits. Tender frontispiece, otherwise in very good condition. .