"I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands": Large Signed Photograph of Nelson Mandela upon his return to Robben Island; Signed by Him and Jurgen Schadeberg
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela’s 1994 return to Robben Island with Mandela looking through the bars in deep contemplation. Boldly signed by both Nelson Mandela and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg, who has signed on the bottom right panel and signed and stamped the verso. Schadeberg’s image was voted as one of the 50 most memorable images of the 20th century by The Photographers Gallery in London. The images measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 21.5 inches. This photograph has been used numerous times in publicity; providing the cover image for Mandela’s “Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom.” A striking image, most rare signed by one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.
"Human rights is still one of the world's burning issues": Exceptionally Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Nelson Mandela less than six months before his release from imprisonment
August 21, 1989
Exeptionally rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Nelson Mandela; written less than six months before his release from imprisonment. One page on legal ruled stationary the letter contains the return address: “1335/88 Nelson Mandela, Victor Verster Prison, Paarl, South Africa, 21 8 89” and reads in full, “Dear Mr. Lennard, I thank you for you letter of 10 April 1989 which reached me on 7 July. I regard it as a singular honour to be invited to become one of the patrons of the Wilberforce Council, an invitation I readily accept. I will be more than happy to wear the Council’s coveted tie. My only regret is that my current circumstances will not allow me to play an active role in the affairs of the Council. Human rights is still one of the world’s burning issues of the day, and the work and achievements of Sir Wilberforce is as relevant now as it was in his time. Please accept my best wishes. Sincerely, Nelson Mandela.” Mandela served 27 years in prison, split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, and Victor Verster Prison. He spent the final 14 months of his imprisonment at Victor Verster until the historic day of his release on February 11th 1990 which gained the prison worldwide publicity. The letter references the Wilberforce Council, founded in honor of British politician English humanitarian reformer William Wilberforce, a historically significant supporter of the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery which led to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original Registered transmittal envelope addressed to Jack Lennard in Mandela’s hand and a portrait of Mandela. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 14.5 inches. Exceptionally rare and desirable. Letters from Mandela during his imprisonment at Victor Verster Prison are scarce, with only one other example having previously appeared at auction.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela in his law office in 1952. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph was taken at Chancellor House, which is where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the South Africa’s first black law firm in 1952. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
New York : Norton 2002
First edition of this collection of African folktales chosen and introduced by Nelson Mandela. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Signed and dated by Mandela on the title page.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela during his treason trial in 1958. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”: First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Warmly Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London : Little, Brown and Company 1994
First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Dr. Ivan May Compliments and best wishes to a public figure who cares. Nelson Mandela 6.1.95.” The recipient Ivan May, was academician and humanitarian, who worked closely with The Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was described by the foundation as “a groundbreaking leader in the sphere of giving.” Inscription of the recipient on the half-title page, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" First Edition of The Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston : Little Brown 1995
First American edition of the illustrated autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Quarto, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Original color photograph of Nelson Mandela. Boldly signed and dated “N Mandela 18.6.2000.” Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 19 inches. In fine condition.
Color photograph of Nelson Mandela seated with Kofi Annan. Boldly signed, ”N. Mandela, 15.3.2000.” Double-matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.25 inches by 12.25 inches. Rare and desirable.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela, Dr. Moroka, and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952. Signed by both Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.