Signed first edition of This Man and This Woman by James T. Farrell, with an inscription to US Ambassador Leonard Woodcock.
Octavo, 205pp. Tan cloth, title stamped in red and black on spine. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, faint dust remnants to top edge, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $2.75 retail price on front flap, chipped spine, a few short closed tears, lightly sunned spine, a very good example.
Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Leonard Woodcock / With fraternal regards / Jim Farrell.”
Leonard Woodcock (1911-2001) was the President of the United Auto Workers, the Chief of the US Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, and the first US Ambassador to China. Woodcock’s skills in negotiation from his time with the UAW made him a favorable selection to President Carter, who was looking to renew relations with China in the post-Vietnam world. During the Carter administration, Woodcock led the negotiations responsible for establishing full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 1979. He would continue this role through 1981, ultimately serving both the Carter and Reagan administrations.