Crusade in Europe, Signed and Inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, First Edition, Second Printing, 1948

Eisenhower, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1948. First edition, second state printing. Signed and Inscribed by Eisenhower to Major General John W. Persons on half title page. Octavo, in its original first state dust jacket and publisher’s tan cloth boards. Presented with a new archival ¼ leather and cloth clamshell case.

This is the first edition, second state, of Crusade in Europe by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The book is presented in its original dust jacket with a new custom quarter leather and cloth clamshell. The book is signed and inscribed by Eisenhower to Major General John W. Persons.

Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower was arguably the single most important military figure of World War II. For many historians, his memoirs of this eventful period of U.S. history have become the most important and telling record of the war. Crusade in Europe recounts the complete story of the war as Eisenhower planned and lived it. Through his eyes, the enormous scope and drama of the war―strategy, battles, moments of fateful decision―become fully illuminated in all their fateful glory. "Eisenhower gives the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life" (New York Times).

This first edition, second state printing was published in Garden City by Doubleday & Company, 1948. Included are numerous battlefield and theater maps (several in color), as well as photographic illustrations selected by Edward Steichen. Eisenhower signed and inscribed the half title page to (then) Colonel John W. Persons. The 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. He began his military career in 1917 as a lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps of Canada. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1927. Persons directed pilot training at Maxwell Air Force Base just prior to World War II, along with General Claire Chennault. General Persons logged 10,300 hours of flying time during his career. His last assignment before retirement in 1959 was as commander of the 14th Air Force at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Persons died in 1972. 

CONDITION: 

Very good condition. Octavo, xiv, [2], 559pp. Publisher’s first state dust jacket, $5,00 on front flap. Dust jacket illustrations are bright on cover and spine, with only light toning to the spine. Publisher’s tan cloth boards, title printed on spine. Title on spine slightly worn. Illustrated endpapers. Lacking first edition statement on copyright page, indicating second state.

Inscribed on half title page 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.” Ink signature in two different colors, either from different pens or inconsistent time toning. Additional pen gift inscription on the half title page: “To Papa- With a great deal of love, Juliette.”

Presented in a new archival clamshell case. Quarter brown leather and cloth case, with gilt titles, stamps, and raised bands to spine. Inlaid portrait of Eisenhower on front.

Dimensions: Book: 9 "H x 6 " W x 1 3/4" D. Clamshell: 10 1/8" H x 7 3/8" W x 2 5/8" D.




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