First edition of American Policy in Nicaragua, inscribed by Henry L. Stimson to Assistant Secretary of War J. Mayhew Wainwright.
Octavo, 129pp. Red cloth, title printed on label affixed to spine. First edition with Scribner’s Seal on copyright page. Light rubbing to cloth, some wear to label on spine. Occasional pencil marks, underlining text. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $1.25 price on front flap, light wear along top edge, exceptionally bright. This copy is inscribed by Henry L. Stimson to the Assistant Secretary of War, J. Mayhew Wainwright. Inscription reads: “For Col. J.M. Wainwright, from his friend, Henry L. Stimson. Nov 9th, 1927.”
Colonel J. Mayhew Wainwright (1864-1945) served as the Assistant Secretary of War from 1921-1923 under President Warren Harding. He was the cousin of General Jonathan M. Wainwright of WWII fame. Along with Secretary Stimson, he advocated for military preparedness through compulsory military training, well before the outbreak of WWII. American Policy in Nicaragua was written by Henry L. Stimson, who served as Secretary of War from 1911-13, Secretary of State from 1929-33 and Secretary of War from 1940-45. In 1927, Secretary Stimson was asked to travel to Nicaragua by President Coolidge to investigate the current conditions of the country and report on U.S. naval forces currently stationed there. This book was his public report on the trip.