Signed first edition of Eight Years With Wilson’s Cabinet: 1913 to 1920, by Treasury Secretary David F. Houston.
Octavo, [two volumes], [x], 369pp; [viii], 360pp. Three quarter red morocco, raised bands, title in gilt on spines. Top edges gilt. Matching red endpapers. Stated “first edition” in both volumes on copyright page. Some wear to front hinge of Volume I, but stable. No indication this is a limited edition and no evidence that a limited edition was produced by Doubleday for this book. Signed by the author on front free leaf.
The author of this work, David F. Houston, served as Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Treasury during the Wilson Administration. During his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture, he dramatically expanded the scope of the Department of Agriculture by establishing nationwide cooperative extension services, passing the Farm Loan Act and the Federal Aid Road Act. His short tenure as Secretary of the Treasury, during the last year of Wilson’s administration, was filled with controversy over forgiveness of war debts to England and France. Houston returned to private life at the end of Wilson’s term in office.