Lot 20

EDEN, Anthony (1897-1977), and others. America Looks to the Future. Four Speeches by American Statesman ... With an Introduction by ... Anthony Eden, London, 1942, 8vo, wrappers. With Anthony Eden's annotation at the head of the introduction. RARE.

Estimate: £70 - £100
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EDEN, Anthony, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977), and others.  America Looks to the Future. Four Speeches by American Statesmen. With an Introduction by the Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden, P.C., M.P., Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. London: Oxford University Press, 1942. 8vo (184 x 124mm). 32-pages. Original green and brown printed wrappers (some spotting and staining). Provenance: Anthony Eden (modern armorial bookplate loosely-inserted). Number 14 in a series of pamphlets named "America Faces the War." With Anthony Eden's pencil annotation to the highlighted first line of his introduction (largely illegible, see illustration, but opening: "There will be difficulties ..."), and another highlighted passage at the end of the introduction. The four speeches included are by Henry A. Wallace, Milo Perkins, Sumner Welles and John G. Winant respectively. Eden's stirring printed introduction opens, "The United Nations are at war today to rid the world of a mortal menace to their freedom. This is a great aim, but it is only part of what we seek to win by the defeat of Hitler and his associates in crime. The destruction of Hitlerism and all it stands for is an essential preliminary, but it is only a preliminary. When the marauding beast has been slain the ground will be cleared that we may build again." It concludes, with one of Eden's customary pleas for reconciliation and collaboration, "After this war we and our American friends will have much work to do together. Our joint tasks will then be as arduous and as exacting as those we confront today in war; perhaps more so. If we are to succeed we must know each other's minds. This small book is a contribution to this end. It is a window opening on the future; together we must open many more." Interestingly, the font chosen for the lettering on the upper wrapper is American in character, suggesting the pamphlet might have been intended for an American readership. RARE.

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