Crusade In Europe

Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower. Signed limited edition in deluxe binding.

Deluxe limited edition of Crusade In Europe, signed and inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Octavo, [4pp], xiv, [2pp], 559pp, [2pp blank], blue morocco, gilt title on spine, five raised bands, illustration of flaming sword on cover. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. Minor toning to blue morocco on spine, as is typical with this type of binding. Stated first edition on copyright page. Includes 16 photographic plates, 4 color maps and 38 illustrated maps. Endpapers with color maps of Europe and Mediterranean theaters. Housed in original slipcase, with cloth a bit faded and some shelf wear. Signed by Dwight Eisenhower on facsimile D-Day order, bound in before title page. Additional signature on half title by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “To Captain E.P. Aurand / with all the best from his friend / Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Captain Evan Peter (E.P.) Aurand was a Naval Aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. His duties included running Camp David and the White House Mess.

There were two presentation bindings of Crusade in Europe produced for distribution by author, Dwight D. Eisenhower. One presentation edition was bound in red morocco shortly after publication in 1948 and given to influential world leaders and supporters. It is believed that 26 copies of the red morocco binding were produced. The blue morocco presentation binding, this book being one of those, was produced by the Whitman Bennett Bindery. It is believed that only 11 copies were produced in blue morocco.

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Crusade In Europe by Dwight Eisenhower, first swedish edition.

Octavo, 583pp. Brown leather spine, marbled boards, title in gilt over red morocco label, embossed bands. Top edge pink. Intermittent edgewear with 1 cm closed tear along top edge of spine. Illustrated endpapers with typical first edition maps of WWII Europe, in Swedish text. Book is from the library of Kevin McCann, who served as advisor and speechwriter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Inscription on front endpaper reads: “Despite page 511, the correct way to spell my name is Kevin McCann.”
Comments: Kevin McCann met future President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1946, while he was serving as Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon. He followed General Eisenhower to Columbia University, then to Paris when Eisenhower was appointed the Supreme Allied Commander. In Paris, McCann served as special assistant to the General, assisting in the preperation of his influential memoirs, Crusade in Europe. McCann was appointed President of Defiance College in 1951, but soon took a leave of absence to follow Eisenhower to the White House as a speech writer. When President Eisenhower retired to Gettysburg, PA, McCann and his wife moved to the Eisenhower farm to serve as Special Assistant to the former president, helping to write his memoirs. According to records from the Eisenhower Library, there were 32 limited edition copies of Crusade In Europe, bound in red morocco, delivered to world leaders and influential supporters in 1948. People on this list included Winston Churchill, George C. Marshall, Omar Bradley and Kevin McCann.

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Signed copy of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Signed copy of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Twelvemo, 573pp. Maroon cloth, tan spine, title stamped in red on spine. Known as the “Garden City Books Edition 1952,” as stated on copyright page. Eisenhower postage stamp affixed to front pastedown endpaper, illustration by Norman Rockwell affixed to rear pastedown endpaper. Some general toning, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $1.25 on front flap, chipping along both edges, tape repair to verso, sunning to spine, a very good example. This copy is signed on the front free endpaper: “For David C. Ebaugh – with best wishes. Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

A scarce signed printing of President Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe, with only two other known copies appearing on the public market.

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First edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to his friend and WWI comrade, G. Gray Garland.

First edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to his friend and WWI comrade, G. Gray Garland.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publisher’s tan cloth, title printed on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, noting that it follows the limited edition, which was published the same year. Illustrated endpapers. Solid text block, light rubbing to spine. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, very good condition, $5.00 on front flap, wear along top edge, short closed tear to front panel, light toning to spine, a bright example.

Signed on the half-title: “For Gray Garland – with best wishes and warm regard from a comrade and friend of The First World War. Dwight D. Eisenhower. January 1, 1949.”

During World War I, Major Dwight D. Eisenhower served alongside the recipient of this book, Captain G. Gray Garland, becoming lifelong friends. The two officers were stationed together at Camp Colt in Gettysburg, PA, which was Eisenhower’s first command, training tank crews for combat in France. This signed copy of Crusade in Europe was set aside to be inscribed by General Eisenhower, with records from the Eisenhower Library showing that it was the 124th copy personally signed by the author. “There are mighty few men as busy as Ike who would take the time to remember and write an old friend. I have never known a finer character. I hope to see him in the White House.” G. Gray Garland, 1948.

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First edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to Rep. Carl Vinson, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

First edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to Rep. Carl Vinson, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publisher’s tan cloth, title printed on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, noting that it follows the limited edition, which was published the same year. Illustrated endpapers. Solid text block, heavy rubbing to spine, wear to cloth at top edge of spine. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, likely matched with the book, in very good condition, $5.00 on front flap, chipping at spine, light toning to spine, a bright example. Housed in custom blue leather clamshell.

Signed on the half-title: “For The Honorable Carl Vinson – with admiration and high esteem to a statesman who has effectively interested himself for more than three decades in the security of our country. From his friend, Dwight D. Eisenhower.” An exceptional association copy, which was gifted to Vinson’s Pentagon liaison from the Air Force in 1964, then passed down through the family.

This signed copy of Crusade in Europe was set aside to be inscribed by General Eisenhower, with records from the Eisenhower Library showing that Rep. Carl Vinson and his entire committee received personalized copies. Representative Carl Vinson (1883-1981) served for more than 50 years in the House of Representatives. As chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, he was called “the Father of the Two-Ocean Navy,” as he was responsible for the expansion of the United States Navy in the buildup to World War II. Vinson worked closely with Eisenhower in the years following World War II, continuing to advocate for military preparedness. For his contributions to the nation, the USS Carl Vinson was named in his honor, being christened in 1980.

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First edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

First edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publisher’s tan cloth, title printed on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, noting that it follows the limited edition, which was published the same year. Illustrated endpapers. Solid text block. Ownership inscription on verso of front free endpaper. Lacking dust jacket. A fine example.

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Signed limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower.

Signed limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower.

Octavo, [xiv] 559pp, tan buckram, gilt title over black on spine. Illustrated end papers. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. In original glassine jacket. Publisher’s original slipcase, very good, with light wear at edges. This book is from a limited edition of 1426 copies signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is number 447 of 1426.

Comments: An excellent example of this important work by President Eisenhower.

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Limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Octavo, [xiv], 559pp, tan buckram, gilt title over black on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. In publisher’s original glassine jacket, with some chipping at top edge from handling, otherwise a nice example. Lacking the slipcase. This book is from a limited edition of 1426 copies signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This copy is number 1392 of 1426.

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Signed limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Signed limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Tan buckram, gilt title over black on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. Previous ownership notation on half-title. In the publisher’s original acetate jacket, fine condition. Lacking slipcase. This book is a limited edition of 1426 copies signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is number 623 of 1426. A fine example.

An excellent example of this important work by President Eisenhower.

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First edition of Crusade In Europe by Dwight Eisenhower. Inscribed copy in fine dust jacket.

Signed first edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower, inscribed to Colonel John Bowen.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publishers tan cloth, title printed on spine. Title on spine is worn. Illustrated endpapers. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, noting that it follows the limited edition which was published the same year. Publishers first edition dust jacket, $5.00 on front flap, bright illustrations on cover and spine, wear along top edge, tape repair to backside of spine.

Inscribed on half title by Dwight D. Eisenhower to Colonel John Bowen: “For Colonel John Bowen – A brilliant troop commander of World War II, and an invaluable post-war assistant in the Pentagon. With best wishes and warm regard from his friend. Dwight Eisenhower.” President Eisenhower would award John W. Bowen the Army Distinguished Service Medal in 1956.

Comments: General John William Bowen graduated from West Point in 1930. He would serve a lifelong career in the army, with tours of service in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was recommended for the position of Secretary of the General Staff by George C. Marshall, with General Eisenhower noting that Bowen “would be an ideal selection.” His future postings included Commanding Officer of the 26th Infantry Division, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Eighth Army in Korea, Commanding General of the 18th Airborne Division and commander of Fort Bragg. He left the army as a General in 1968.

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An inscribed first edition of Crusade In Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower to Lieutenant General Manton Sprague Eddy, commander of the XII Corps during WWII.

An inscribed first edition of Crusade In Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower to Lieutenant General Manton Sprague Eddy, commander of the XII Corps during WWII.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publishers tan cloth, title printed on spine. Title on spine is worn. Illustrated endpapers. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, noting that it follows the limited edition which was published the same year. Publishers first edition dust jacket, near fine condition, price-clipped, bright illustrations on cover and spine, wear along top edge, tape repair to top edge of spine.

Inscribed on half title by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “For Lt. General Manton Eddy, Brilliant battle leader of World War II – with warm regard from his old friend, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dec. 1948.” This copy, signed in December 1948, was one of a limited number of trade editions held back for dignitaries and close associates of General Eisenhower. An exceptional association copy to one of the senior army officers of World War II.

Comments: Lieutenant General Manton Sprague Eddy (1892-1962) served in both World War I and World War II. During World War II, he commanded the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa and the Battle of Normandy. During the Battle of Normandy, his troops captured the French port city of Cherbourg, which earned him the Distinguished Service Cross. In August 1944, Eddy was given command of the XII Corps in George Patton’s Third Army. He led the allied advance from Paris to the Rhine. During the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, he successfully held off the German army’s southern offensive.

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Signed limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Signed limited edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Octavo, [xiv], 559pp, tan buckram, gilt title over black on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. In original glassine jacket, with light toning to spine and some wear along top edge. Previous ownership stamp on front endpaper. In publisher’s slipcase, reinforced at hinges with tape repairs and some staples, very stable. This book is a limited edition of 1426 copies signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is number 965 of 1426.

From the collection of the Honorable Donnald K. Anderson, Clerk of the US House of Representatives from 1987 to1995. Mr. Anderson was a longtime resident of Capitol Hill, where he worked in the House of Representatives from 1960 to 1995. He was baptized Catholic in 1979, with his Godparents being an illustrious group, including Tip O’Neill, Dan Rostenkowski and John W. McCormack. He died in 2020.

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Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to Major General John W. Persons.

Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, inscribed to Major General John W. Persons.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publisher’s tan cloth, title printed on spine. Title on spine lightly worn. Illustrated endpapers. Lacking first edition statement on copyright page. Publisher’s first state dust jacket, $5.00 on front flap, bright illustrations on cover and spine, light toning to spine, a near fine example. Includes laid-in photograph of Gen. Persons early in his career. Inscribed on half title by Dwight D. Eisenhower to then Colonel John W. Persons. Inscription reads: “With best wishes and personal regard to Colonel John W. Persons. Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

Major General John W. Persons was a career Air Force officer, brother of Alabama Governor S. Gordon Persons and White House Chief of Staff, Wilton Jerry Persons. General Persons directed pilot training at Maxwell Air Force Base just prior to World War II along with General Claire Chennault. He retired in 1959 as Commander of the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers). The gift inscription on the half title, “To Papa – With a great deal of love,” is either from his wife or daughter, both named Juliette. Persons died in 1972.

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Signed first edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed by First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower.

Signed first edition of Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed by First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower.

Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publisher’s tan cloth, title printed on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, noting that it follows the limited edition, which was published the same year. Illustrated endpapers. Solid text block. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, very good condition, $5.00 on front flap, wear along top edge, light toning to spine. Signed by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower on the half-title. An exceptionally scarce copy signed by the First Lady.

Crusade In Europe

Octavo, [xiv] 559pp, tan buckram, gilt title over black on spine. Illustrated end papers. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. In original glassine jacket, with tear at top of spine. Lacking slipcase. Previous owners name opposite half title. This book is a limited edition of 1426 copies signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is number 556 of 1426.
Comments: An excellent example of this important work by President Eisenhower.