The Far-Eastern Crisis by Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, inscribed to The Right Honorable Anthony Eden of Great Britain upon his visit to the United States in 1938.
Octavo, xii, 293pp. Green cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Stated “second edition” on copyright page. Complete with frontispiece portrait, eight plates and three maps. Light wear to spine from handling, dust along top edge of text block. In the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, thumb marks to covers, toning to spine, chipping along edges. Includes a bookplate from the Anthony Eden collection and a laid in bookmark from Stimson, noting “pp 87-109 cover the incident which we discussed last evening.”
This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper: “My dear Mr. Eden, This is a poor return for the charming and most helpful address that I listened to last evening, but at least it is the effort of one who labored hard when in office, for the Anglo-American understanding which you are doing now so much to promote. With best wishes for a Merry Xmas / Cordially yours / Henry L. Stimson / Dec. 16 1938 / The Right Honorable Anthony Eden M.C.”
An exceptional association copy.
In December of 1938, former British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden visited New York City, delivering addresses to the National Association of Manufacturers and the Economic Club of New York. His speeches were approved by the British foreign office, which caused a stir because of his recent public repudiation of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In the speeches, Eden argued for the rights of all free men, which could be lost to the dictatorial powers of Germany. Eden was not asking for direct intervention by the United States, but to remember our common tradition of faith and democracy.
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.