Octavo, [two volumes, xxiv, 431pp; vii, 433-862pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, embossed coat of arms on front cover. Top edge gilt. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I. In publishers scarce dust jackets, $7.50 retail price on front flaps, light wear at edges with archival tape repair at spine, bright illustrations. In publishers slipcase, light shelf wear, but overall stable. An excellent example.
Comments: Military Aide Archibald Butt was appointed to serve President Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He died in the Titanic disaster in 1912. This work is a “shrewd and fascinating estimate of two great presidents…in these informal and gossipy letters.”