The Fruitful Bough by Edward Kennedy, written in honor of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy and inscribed to a contributor to the book, Admiral Emery Scott Land, U.S.N.
Octavo, 288pp. Dark blue cloth, gilt title on spine, gilt title and family crest on cover. Light shelf wear to boards. (Newcomb, 240)
Inscribed by Ted Kennedy to Admiral Emery Scott Land: “To Admiral Land, Who helped make The Fruitful Bough possible. With appreciation. Ted Kennedy / Sept 6, 1965.”
Admiral Emery S. Land (1879-1971) contributed a chapter to The Fruitful Bough, discussing with admiration the time he spent with Joe Kennedy on the United States Maritime Commission. Joe Kennedy was appointed by President Roosevelt to head the commission in 1936, before his appointment as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Admiral Land was a fellow member of the commission and succeeded Joe Kennedy as chairman in 1938. During the build-up to World War II, the commission produced 5,900 ships, a maritime record, which were critical to the defense of Western Europe.