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Collection of Four Signed Books
Intriguing collection of four first editions, each signed and inscribed by the 31st President of the United States to noted political and economic commentator Lawrence Sullivan. Alphabetically: "America's First Crusade." New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942. 8vo. Grey cloth with blue lettering, dust jacket. viii, 81pp. Very good/good plus. Jacket edgeworn, with several small edge chips. Tight, nice first edition of Hoover's World War One memoir, inscribed large and bold by him in blue ink of the front flyleaf: "To my good friend / Lawrence Sullivan / from / Herbert Hoover / And a happy New Year / (anyway)." Second: "The Challenge to Liberty." New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 212pp. Very good. Nicely inscribed and signed by Hoover in blue ink on front flyleaf to Sullivan's wife: "To Margaret Sullivan -- / One of the helpful critics / With the Kind Regards of / Herbert Hoover." Third: "On Growing Up: Letters to American Boys & Girls Including 'The Uncommon Man' and Other Selections." New York: William Morrow & Company, 1962. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 160pp. Pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. Handsomely inscribed and signed by Hoover in blue ink on the half-title page: "To my good friends / Lawrence and Margaret / Sullivan / and / Merry Christmas / from / Herbert Hoover." Fourth: "The Problems of Lasting Peace." Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1942. 8vo. Grey cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. viii, 295pp. Inscribed and signed by Hoover and also signed by co-author in blue ink on front flyleaf: "To Lawrence Sullivan / With the Kind Regards / of Herbert Hoover / & / Hugh Gibson." This fine quartette is accompanied by a quartette of first editions by the recipient, his personal copies, three of them inscribed to family members. Alphabetically: "Bureaucracy Runs Amuck." Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1944]. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering. 318pp. Very good. Nicely inscribed and signed by Sullivan in black ink to his daughter on the half-title page: "To Mio & her Hero / -- with love / from / Pop / Washington / April 1944." Second: "The Case Against Socialized Medicine: A Constructive Analysis of the Attempt to Collectivize American Medicine." Washington, DC: The Statesman Press, 1948. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 53pp. Near fine. Inscribed and signed by Sullivan in black ink to his daughter on the half-title page: "To / Miss America / -- for her official / archives -- / from / Pop / Chevy Chase / Christmas, / 1948." Third: "The Dead Hand of Bureaucracy." Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1940]. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, 303pp. Very good. Inscribed and signed by Sullivan in black ink to his wife on the half-title page: "To / M.I.S, / co-author in the / larger book of living / With love & kisses / L.S. / Washington / Sept. 6, 1940." Fourth: "Prelude to Panic: The Story of the Bank Holiday." Washington, DC: Statesman Press, [1936]. Small 4to. Black blind-ruled cloth with gilt lettering. vii, 126pp. Charts. Very good. Inner front hinge starting, but expertly, archivally strengthened, thus tight. Sullivan's file copy, with his ownership signature rubber-stamped on front flyleaf. A superb little collection that shows the warm relations that existed between Hoover and the journalist.
      [Bookseller: Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, AB]
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