First edition of Why England Slept by John F. Kennedy, signed by his brother, Ted Kennedy. Octavo, xxx, 252pp, . Red cloth boards, title printed in white on spine, bumped corner on front panel, edgewear at top of spine. Light toning to endpapers from dust jacket. In publishers first edition dust jacket, good condition, $2.00 price on front flap, blurb by Henry R. Luce on back panel and no mention of later printings on front panel. Chipping at edges, 2 inch closed tear along top of back panel, stain along lower section of spine, toning to spine, bright illustrations on front cover. Book is signed by Senator Edward Kennedy on bookplate affixed to front free endpaper (Newcomb, 10).
Comments: This edition of Why England Slept is an expansion of John F. Kennedy’s Harvard Thesis, which examined England’s lack of preparedness for the rising threat of World War II.