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?Paris: February,, 1919. A living thing is born 4 single leaves (300 x 210 mm), printed rectos only, wire-stitched in original pale green hammer-finish card wrappers, letterpress title as above. Staples renewed slightly askew from their original positions, mild rust-marks, wrappers otherwise clean and sharp, paper uniformly toned, overall very good. First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". Library Hub locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley, Missouri. Drafted by Cecil Hurst, principal legal advisor to the Foreign Office, and David Hunter Miller, a member of Woodrow Wilson's investigative group "the Inquiry" and chief of the legal section of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, the draft was presented on 14 February 1919. In the ensuing four months a designated commission met on ten occasions to thrash out the terms of the founding covenant, attempting to overcome major objections raised by various participants. A revised draft was finally approved on 11 April 1919, but without resolving key questions such as national and racial equality, and what practical methods of enforcement could be applied to the League's mandates. Despite this the treaty entered into force on 10 January 1920. However, for America Article X - which undertook "to respect and preserve as against external aggression the territorial i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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