First edition of A Journal of Reparations by Vice President Charles G. Dawes, inscribed to Robert H. McCormick of Chicago.
Octavo, xxxv, 527pp. Maroon cloth, title in gilt on spine. No additional printings mentioned. Light dust along top edge of text block, some rubbing to spine, a near fine example. Complete with a frontispiece portrait and seven full-page photographs. Includes the exceptionally scarce dust jacket, retail price stamped on front flap, splash mark to front cover, light toning to spine, a very good example. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For my friend Robert H. McCormick, from Charles G. Dawes. July 13th, 1939.” The recipient of this book, Robert H. McCormick was a real estate developer in Chicago and the great-grandson of Leander McCormick, found of International Harvester.
A Journal of Reparations recounts the work of the Allied Reparations Commission of 1923, which developed a plan to resolve the issue of World War I reparations from Germany. What became known as the “Dawes Plan” ended a diplomatic crisis that followed the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Charles Dawes shared the Nobel Peace Prize for 1925 for his work in resolving this crisis, which helped Germany reestablish the backbone of their economy. In the long-run, the reemergence of Germany as an industrial power would lead to military buildups and eventually World War II.