13 Wildly Different Digitizations

In 1855, Frederick Douglass revised his earlier narratives for publication under the title My Bondage and My Freedom, published in New York by Miller, Orton & Co.

It sold well and many copies survive today in university libraries and archives. A good number of those institutions have digitized their copies to wildly different results.

Browsing all of these copies, I noticed some pretty big visual differences between all of the digitized versions I found. So I gathered all of the copies of My Bondage and My Freedom that are currently available on the Internet Archive and tossed their title pages into a deck. All of these are ostensibly digital surrogates for the same edition.

Perhaps there’s a talk or a lesson plan in there somewhere.