Octavo, [4pp], xiv, [2pp], 559pp, [2pp blank], blue morocco, gilt title on spine, five raised bands, illustration of flaming sword on cover. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. Minor toning to blue morocco on spine, as is typical with this type of binding. Stated first edition on copyright page. Includes 16 photographic plates, 4 color maps and 38 illustrated maps. Endpapers with color maps of Europe and Mediterranean theaters. Housed in original slipcase, with cloth a bit faded and some shelf wear. Signed by Dwight Eisenhower on facsimile D-Day order, bound in before title page. Additional signature on half title by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “To Captain E.P. Aurand / with all the best from his friend / Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Captain Evan Peter (E.P.) Aurand was a Naval Aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. His duties included running Camp David and the White House Mess.
Comments: There were two presentation bindings of Crusade in Europe produced for distribution by author, Dwight D. Eisenhower. One presentation edition was bound in red morocco shortly after publication in 1948 and given to influential world leaders and supporters. It is believed that 26 copies of the red morocco binding were produced. The blue morocco presentation binding, this book being one of those, was produced by the Whitman Bennett Bindery. It is believed that only 11 copies were produced in blue morocco.