A signed first edition of This Is Wendell Willkie.
Octavo, , 280pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. First edition, with no additional printings mentioned on copyright page. In publishers dust jacket, $1.50 on front flap, light wear along top edge, else near fine. Signed by Wendell Willkie on the front free end paper: “To Walter Keernam, With Best Regards, Wendell Willkie.”
Comments: Wendell Willkie was the Republican nominee for president in 1940 against Franklin Roosevelt. Willkie supported intervention in WWII, which was contrary to many of the America First policies of his fellow Republicans. He was briefly discussed as a vice-presidential candidate for President Roosevelt in 1944, but the option never moved forward. He was also discussed for the position of secretary-general of the United Nations, but he would die at the age of 54 in 1944. On his gravestone is inscribed the title of this book, “One World.”