Inscribed by controversial historian and college professor, Harry Elmer Barnes, to the legendary aviator, Charles A. Lindbergh, Advance to Barbarism by F.J.P. Veale.
Octavo, xvii, 305pp. Red cloth, title stamped in gilt. Stated “second printing, with revisions” on the copyright page. Rubbing to boards, occasional foxing, toning to endpapers. The first few pages were previously reinforced with archival tape, in a crude way. In the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on rear flap, toning to spine, chipping along both edges, short closed tears to rear panel. This copy is inscribed on the verso of the frontispiece: “To Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, with respect and cordial personal regards. Harry Elmer Barnes. January 22, 1954.”
Charles Lindbergh and historian Harry Elmer Barnes were fellow isolationists, likely meeting at an America First Committee meeting in the early 1940s. Barnes was a strong advocate for the legitimacy of German foreign policy, following the restrictive tenants of the Treaty of Versailles. In his book, Advance to Barbarism, historian Frederick John Partington Veale documents the atrocities committed by Soviet, British and American forces during World War II and argues that the Nuremberg trials set a dangerous precedent for future generations. Barnes wrote a laudatory blurb for this work and likely thought he would have a receptive audience in Lindbergh.