"Never, never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another": First Edition of the Inauguration Book of Nelson Mandela; Boldly Signed and Inscribed by Him

  • Many Cultures One Nation: Presidential Inauguration.

Many Cultures One Nation: Presidential Inauguration.


Item Number: 5567

Pretoria, South Africa: Government Office, 1994.

First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela in the year of publication, “To Judy, Compliments & best wishes. Nelson Mandela 28.9.94.” In fine condition. Rare, especially signed.

In May 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa. In his inaugural address, Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner of the South African government, declared that “the time for the healing of the wounds has come.” Two weeks earlier, more than 22 million South Africans had turned out to cast ballots in the country’s first-ever multiracial parliamentary elections. During his inauguration speech Mandela urged forgiveness, as he said in Africaans: "Wat is verby verby" - "What is past is past."

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