Inscribed to the new British Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, his first political biography, titled Sir Anthony Eden by Alan Campbell-Johnson.
Octavo, 272pp. Black cloth, heavy rubbing to spine, wear to tips. Stated “first published 1955” on copyright page. Laid in bookplate from the Library of The Earl of Avon, K.G. Notes and underlining in pencil throughout, often with notes from Eden disagreeing with the author’s facts and conclusions. Paired with the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, large closed tear to front cover, tape repairs to verso, bright illustrations.
Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Sir Anthony Eden, With the author’s kindest regards. Alan Campbell-Johnson / 12th May 1955.”
Sir Anthony Eden (1897-1977) served as the Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1955-1957, following the retirement of Winston Churchill. Before World War II, Eden served as Foreign Secretary for Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, but resigned in protest of his appeasement policy towards the Axis powers. He returned to the office of Foreign Secretary during World War II and retained that post for the remainder of the war. During his time as Prime Minister, Eden presided over the Suez Canal Crisis, which ended with the withdrawal of Western powers from the region and the eventual resignation of Eden.