First edition of The Peace Negotiations by Robert Lansing, inscribed by Mamie Lansing.
Octavo, vi, 328pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. Some soiling to cover, rubbing to spine. In the publisher’s scarce dust jacket, retail price on front flap, toning to spine and chipping at spine. Inscribed on the endpaper: “To Elizabeth, as a reminder in years to come of the trip to Europe and being at a party which resulted in so great an event in History. Always. Mamie Lansing.”
Robert Lansing (1864-1928) served as the United States Secretary of State in the Wilson Administration, from 1915-1920. He was an important member of the American delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, but privately opposed many points of the Treaty of Versailles, and soon fell out of favor with President Wilson. He opposed the creation of the League of Nations, believing it was not important to maintaining international peace. After President Wilson suffered a stroke, he called together the cabinet and openly discussed Vice President Thomas Marshall assuming the presidency. He was asked to resign by Edith Wilson and returned to his law practice in New York.