Inscribed first edition of Have Faith In Massachusetts by Calvin Coolidge.
Octavo, x, 224pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine and cover. First edition, with no additional publications listed. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover. Previous bookseller label on front free endpaper. In scarce publisher’s dust jacket, with bright illustrations on cover and spine, light soiling to spine, wear at hinges, but stable. Inscribed on front free endpaper by author and future president, Calvin Coolidge: “To Arthur A. Williams / with regards / December 1919.” A scarce signed first edition.
In 1920, Calvin Coolidge was serving as Governor of Massachusetts. His term as governor brought him to national prominence, with his reaction to the Boston Police Strike. He famously noted “…There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time…” Not long after bringing the strike under control, he was offered the position of Vice President, serving alongside Warren G. Harding.