Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils, inscribed by President William H. Taft to General Charles C. Haffner, Jr. of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company.
Octavo, 283pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Publication statement on copyright page states “Reprinted August, 1914, 1000 copies.” Light wear from handling, some rubbing to top edge of spine, solid text block. Lacking the scarce dust jacket. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Charles C. Haffner Jr., with best wishes. Wm. H. Taft. January 30th, 1920. New Haven.”
The recipient of this book, Major General Charles C. Haffner, Jr. (1895-1979) was the CEO of R.R. Donnelley & Sons of Chicago, Commander of the 103rd Infantry Division during WWII, a recipient of the Army Distinguished Service Medal and a graduate of Yale University. Along with President Taft, he was a member of Skull and Bones at Yale.