The Minister.London: Hamish Hamilton, 1961 Stock Code: 138184
NotesFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy to future prime minister Harold Wilson, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Harold - this Westminster Masque - with warm good wishes Maurice Edelman October 27 '61". A nice association - Maurice Edelman (1911-1975) was a Welsh Labour MP, representing Coventry constituencies in the House of Commons for over 30 years; he was a friend and supporter of Wilson, backing him against Hugh Gaitskell for the Labour leadership in 1960. The Minister is one of his political novels, revolving around the enmity between the Commonwealth Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as they feud over the succession to the dying prime minister. The book remained in the possession of Wilson and his wife Mary until the dispersal of their estate following Mary's death in 2018.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.
Spine creased and bumped, contents toned, an acceptable copy in the good jacket, toned and chipped at extremities.
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