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Taft Papers on League of Nations - TAFT William H - 1920. 
1920 - (TAFT, William H.) MARBURG, Theodore and FLACK, Horace E., editors. Taft Papers on League of Nations. New York: Macmillan, 1920. Octavo, contemporary full burgundy morocco-gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. $12,000.First edition of this compilation of Taft's speeches and articles about the formation of the League of Nations, inscribed by him at length, with an additional typed letter signed by him tipped in. From the library of Cuban ambassador and prominent collector Oscar B. Cintas, with his bookplate.After Taft lost re-election in 1912, his "most enthusiastic commitment was the League to Enforce Peace, an organization that lobbied for a League of Nations between 1916-19" (ANB). The Paris Covenant "contained provisions for the arbitration of international disputes, armaments reduction and the imposition of collective military and economic sanctions against any nation that violated the political independence and territorial integrity of another" (Oxford Companion to United States History). Internationalists disagreed about how to interpret these provisions. President Wilson was a progressive; Taft, a conservative. While Taft would have advocated a world parliament, he also believed in a sovereign nation's right to expand its military and protect its interests. This protectionist stance drove a wedge between the two factions. Wilson's stroke and Harding's election proved insurmountable obstacles to ratification, and America did not join the League. This volume collects Taft's articles and speeches, written between May 12, 1915 and April 18, 1919 (the day the revised Paris Covenant was adopted), with one supplemental article on the Covenant included. With photogravure portrait of Taft laid in. The two-page inscription reads, in full: "Mr. Jules Hart has asked me to write something here to his son Henry Hart. What I am glad to say is that the cause in behalf of which these addresses and editorials and other papers were written is still a living issue and one which I hope and pray may ultimately result in a union of the nations of the world with the United States as a leading member to preserve an effective world peace by active and self-sacrificing cooperation of the members. May Henry Hart live to see this and take part in bringing it about. Wm. H. Taft, Washington, Dec. 16th 1924." The tipped-in typed letter signed, on Supreme Court stationery, reads: "My dear Mr. Hart: I am returning to you, under separate cover, the book which you sent me, together with an inscription, which I hope is satisfactory. With best wishes for you and your son, believe me, Sincerely yours, [signed] Wm. H. Taft." Bookplate of Oscar Benjamin Cintas, important Cuban industrialist and former Cuban ambassador to the United States. Cintas was also a distinguished collector of books, art and manuscripts. "His acquisitions included the sole first edition of Cervantes' Don Quijote, and the fifth and final manuscript of Lincoln's 1863 Gettysburg Address, once owned by the family of Col. Alexander Bliss, and known as the Bliss copy" (Cintas Foundation).Portrait with edges lightly rubbed, front inner hinge expertly reinforced. Interior clean, binding attractive. A handsome inscribed volume in fine condition, with notable provenance. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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