The Memoirs of Cordell Hull, inscribed by the United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull to the future Prime Minister of Great Britain, Anthony Eden.
Octavo, [two volumes], xii, 916pp; 1804pp. Bound in maroon and black cloth, title stamped on spine. Volume I is a first printing, volume II is a second printing. Both with toning to spines. Not issued with dust jackets. In the publisher’s slipcase, toning to panels, top panel reinforced, title on label affixed to side panel. Includes Eden library bookplate in Volume II. Notes in pencil in Volume I, with passages relating to the western alliance noted.
Inscribed in Volume I: “To Hon. Anthony Eden, with admiration and sincerest friendship. Cordell Hull.”
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.
Cordell Hull (1871-1955) was an American statesman who served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1933 to 1944, making him the longest-serving Secretary of State in U.S. history. Hull was a key figure in the establishment of the United Nations and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his efforts in promoting peace and international cooperation. Franklin Roosevelt called him the Father of the United Nations.