"THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW PRACTICALLY NOTHING OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED OVER THERE": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF PERSHING'S MEMOIRS OF WORLD WAR I
PERSHING, John J. My Experiences in the World War. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1931. Two volumes. Large octavo, publisher's olive buckram, top edges gilt, uncut, original dust jackets, original slipcase with paper labels. $1650.
Signed limited "Author's Autograph" first edition of the 1931 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history, number 633 of 2100 copies signed by Pershing.
Pershing returned from World War I as America's most famous general. "In that adventure there were many lessons useful to the American people, should they ever again be called to arms, and I felt it a duty to record them as I saw them" (Introduction). Includes conversations and documents which dictated the course of World War I in the European theater. With 32 pages of illustrations from photographs, and ten strategic maps. Ink gift inscription from the year of publication.
Slipcase with slight edge-wear. Books near-fine, with mild toning to spines. Dust jackets extremely good, with toning to spines and a few minor snags. An extremely good signed copy.