An inscribed first edition of World Peace: A Written Debate from President William Howard Taft. Octavo, xvi, 156pp. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. First edition with publishers device on title page. Bookplate of Walter Merriam Pratt affixed to front endpaper and blindstamp ownership mark on last page. (Martin / Goehlert, 7125) Inscribed on by former President Taft: “With Pleasure, sincerely yours. Wm. Taft. January 29, 1919. Washington.”
Comments: The two authors of this book were political adversaries during the election of 1908. William Jennings Bryan was a three time democratic nominee for president. The winner of the 1908 election, William Howard Taft, never had grand aspirations for the presidency, but was the heir apparent after the administration of Theodore Roosevelt. In this unique work, both politicians argue the merits of isolationism, international politics and the League of Nations.