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

Eisenhower, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1948. First edition. Signed and Inscribed by Eisenhower to Charles Helms on half title page. Octavo, in new quarter leather and cloth binding, with gilt titles and tooling to spine. Presented with a new archival cloth slipcase.

This is the first edition of Crusade in Europe by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The book is signed and inscribed by Eisenhower to Charles Trelms on the half title page.  The book has been newly bound in quarter brown leather and cloth, with raised bands, gilt titles, and tooling to the spine, and a new custom cloth slipcase. 

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 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 Charles Helms. The inscription, in black ink, reads: “For Charles Trelms- with best wishes from Dwight D Eisenhower, 15 May 1962.” 

CONDITION: 

Very good condition. First edition. Octavo. Rebound in quarter leather and cloth, with raised bands, gilt titles, and gilt stamps and tooling to the spine. Top edge gilt, deckled edge to side and bottom. Original pages, including the illustrated endpapers, are all intact. The book has 44 maps within, with 6 color maps and the rest being in-text. Paper is healthy and free from marks, tears, or stains. 559 pp. 

Inscribed on half title page by Dwight D. Eisenhower Charles Helms. Inscription, in black ink, reads: “For Charles Trelms- with best wishes from Dwight D Eisenhower, 15 May 1962.” Inscription is legible and without smears or fading to ink. A new glassine interpaper protects the signature. 

Presented in a new archival slipcase. Brown cloth slipcase with a portrait of Eisenhower inlaid on the front. Eisenhower’s facsimile signature from the book's original front board has been saved and inlaid on the slipcase cover, just below the portrait.

Dimensions, in slipcase: 9 1/4" H x 6 3/8" W x 2 3/8" D.



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