First edition of J. Ramsay MacDonald: Labor’s Man Of Destiny by H. Hessell Tiltman, inscribed by Prime Minister MacDonald upon his visit to the United States. Octavo, x, 456pp. Maroon cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. Top edge pink. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover. First edition with no additional printings on copyright page. In publishers dust jacket, $5.00 retail price on front flap, closed tear to back panel, chipping along top edge, a scarce dust jacket. Inscribed by Prime Minister MacDonald on the front free endpaper: “To Captain L.A. Mullen: From this subject of his book to his dutiful servant, with regards and thanks. Ramsay MacDonald. New York. 12 October 1929.”
Comments: Signed during his historic visit to the United States, this visit by Prime Minister marked the first time a British prime minister spoke before the United States House of Representatives. MacDonald was in the country to finalize the London Naval Treaty, which was aimed at regulating submarine warfare and limiting naval shipbuilding. During the visit, MacDonald visited with President Herbert Hoover, further cementing the “special relationship” that would emerge between the United States and Great Britain.