First edition of Lend-Lease: Weapon for Victor by Secretary of State Edward Stettinius Jr., inscribed to Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt, the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Octavo, xiv, 358pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt. No additional printings, with “Published January 1944” on copyright page. Sunning to cloth spine, light soiling to cloth. Paired with the publisher’s dust jacket, $3.00 retail price on front flat, a few short closed tears to top edge, bright illustrations, a near fine example. This copy is inscribed to Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt Jr., an American intelligence officer who helped secure Lend-Lease support to China during World War II. Inscription reads: “For Kim, In memory of our happy association. Ed.”
Kermit Roosevelt Jr. (1916-2000) was the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and a career intelligence officer in the Central Intelligence Agency. Following World War II, he played a central roll in Operation Ajax, the 1953 Iranian coup d’état instigated by the CIA and deposed the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh.