INSCRIBED BY FISHER TO AN AMERICAN INDUSTRIALIST
FISHER, Irving. America's Interest in World Peace. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1924. Small octavo, original green cloth.
First edition, presentation copy, of Fisher's plea for the United States to enter into both the League of Nations and the International Tribunal at The Hague, inscribed and signed by Fisher on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. Champe S. Andrews with the compliments of Irving Fisher."
"While [Fisher's] was a prominent voice in American public discourse for some three decades… In 1925 he identified four great causes to which his life was devoted: 'the abolition of war, disease, degeneracy, and instability in money.' The first of these inspired him to write a book [1923's League or War?, and the present book, a condensed version of that same argument, published in 1924] and a flood of popular articles on behalf of American membership in the League of Nations" (ANB). Here Fisher urges America to join the League of Nations in order to prevent the outbreak of another world war. He advances the idea that America is responsible for promoting world peace and that America must be at the table to prevent punitive actions against losing nations and the build-up of war machinery in anticipation of future wars. Ultimately, it was precisely those actions that set the stage for World War II. Recipient Champe Seabury Andrews was Vice President of the National Folding Box Company.
Interior clean, a few minor rubs to cloth, spine gently toned. A near-fine inscribed copy.