The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself. Olaudah Equiano, Gustavus Vassa.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself.

London: Printed for, and Sold by, the Author, 1790.

Third edition, enlarged. Also the first single-volume edition. viii, [14, subscribers and contents, 1-20, [missing leaf], 23-180, [2], 181-359, [1, blank] pages. One folding plate, split along center fold with detached half laid in. Lacking frontispiece. Recent brick-red cloth; black leather spine label stamped in gilt. All edges trimmed. Very Good overall with binding a little soiled; small label shadow at base of spine. Pages show a little reading wear and scattered foxing; faint dampstain to upper inner margin of pp. 245 to terminals; ink name written on title page, inked chicken tracks on rear endpaper; a few light penciled marks to prelims. Lacking leaf B11. Small inner marginal tear to last page of TOC.

The memoirs of Olaudah Equiano (also known as Gustavus Vassa), chronicling his kidnapping from Nigeria, bondage, travels around the world, and path to freedom and spiritual enlightenment. An important work, not only for its considerable influence on the abolitionist movement, but for its literary significance as a canonical example of early African and African-American writing. Recently named in the Guardian's 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time list. Item #140938459

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