Stimson | Henry L.

My Vacations

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Presentation copy of My Vacations by Henry L. Stimson, inscribed to his law partner, Arthur E. Pettit.

Octavo, x, [2], 180pp. Red cloth, title in gilt over black label on spine. Complete with 29 full page photographic plates. Includes the publisher’s dust jacket, light shelfwear, toning to spine, tissue repair to verso, scarce in any condition. (Biscotti, p. 352) (Heller, 379)

Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Arthur Pettit / with the affectionate regards of Henry L. Stimson.”

Arthur E. Pettit (1897-1988) was a senior partner at the Manhattan law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. Stimson joined the law firm in 1891 and became a partner in 1893. The firm bore his name until a merger in 2001. Pettit remained close with Stimson throughout his time in government. This work, My Vacations, is a self-published personal memoir and travelogue. Stimson wrote that “…since the publication of ‘On Active Service in Peace and War,’ several of my younger relatives and friends have suggested that I should record some of the activities and interests of my youth, which were mainly outdoor diversions and which could not properly be included in that book – devoted as it was almost exclusively to official matters.” (Vacations, vi)

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[New York]


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First Edition

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Near Fine

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Very Good


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