DOUGLASS, Frederick [WELWOOD, John, ed.]
Frederick Douglass. A Selection from His Writings Compiled by John Welwood
Brunswick, Maine: Tragos Press, 1965.
Large 12mo (overall 10-3/8 x 7-1/8 in., the pages 10 x 6-1/2 in.). One of 300 unnumbered copies, with a wood engraved portrait of Douglass (4 x 4 in.) by Thomas Cornell in two states on the title and colophon pages. Full coarse-grained black morocco, covers framed in blind rules, gilt lettering on spine, buff handmade laid endpapers, publisher's paper self-covers bound in, title printed on front cover, pocket on rear pastedown for the loose drypoint portrait. Printed on warm grey handmade laid Fabriano paper. Collates [1. l.], 1 l. (title), 10 ll., plus [2 ll.] binder's blanks. Fine. Laid in is a loose drypoint portrait of Douglass (plate 5-1/8 x 4 in., sheet 9-1/8 x 6-3/8 in.) printed on white wove and signed in pencil "Cornell."
A selection of the writings of Frederick Douglass on the position and predicament of black people in the United States, compiled by John Welwood and concluding with a poem of Robert Hayden on Douglass. This sixth work of Thomas Cornell's Tragos Press was printed January 20, 1965. In his early career spanning the date of this work Cornell concentrated mainly upon the art of etching and engraving. Long a professor at Bowdoin College, he was appointed its Richard E. Steele Professor of Visual Arts in 2001.