Memoirs by Harry S. Truman, Personally Inscribed Two-Volume Set of Special Issue First Editions

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This is a two-volume set of Harry Truman's “Memoirs: Year of Decisions [and] Years of Trial and Hope.” First Editions, published in 1955 and 1956.

Truman’s “Memoirs” are an invaluable record of the former president’s tumultuous years in office, his early days in Missouri, and his rise in local and state politics. There are delightful glimpses of his family life, striking appraisals and anecdotes of world leaders such as Churchill, Stalin, Chiang and De Gaulle, and candid disclosures about the background of national and international events. But overshadowing all is the story of the glorious task of bringing a war to an end, of working for an enduring peace and leading the free world into a new age.

This set is inscribed by President Truman to David Lloyd. Lloyd served in the Truman White House from 1948 through 1953 as a member of the White House Staff and Administrative Assistant to President Truman. From 1953 to his passing in 1962, Lloyd was the Executive Director of the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.

A long inscription in the first volume reads, in full: "To Hon. David D. Lloyd (Dave to me) with affectionate regards and with highest appreciation of his able and efficient service in the White House and as Director of the Library from his friend and former 'boss', Harry Truman. Independence Dec. 22, 1955".

The second volume bears a brief inscription: "To Hon. David D. Lloyd from Harry Truman. 5/5/56." Truman has also addressed the slipcases, Volume 1 reading To Dave Lloyd From HST, Volume 2 bears only "Hon. David Lloyd" but clearly in Truman's hand.  

This is a scarce special issue, first edition, perhaps prepared for distribution by the author; it is larger in size than the trade edition and in a different color cloth binding. It is in its original blue cloth, top edges in gilt, with clear acetate jackets and slipcases with paper labels.

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