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EISENHOWER, Dwight D.

The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.

New York, Doubleday, 1963, 1965, 1967 Stock Code: 116984
£3,000.00

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First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday were Eisenhower's publishers throughout. Although Eisenhower had been bombarded with offers from other publishers to write his war memoirs, he only conquered his doubts about doing so after meeting Doubleday in December 1947. Doubleday supplied secretaries, researchers and other support; supervised much of the work; and paid for the creation of maps and photographs for the book. The Doubleday editorial board met with him on several occasions and provided extensive comments on the work in progress. Crusade in Europe (1948) was a huge success and established a working relationship between Eisenhower and his publishers that endured throughout his lifetime.

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3 volumes, thick octavo. Bound in brown morocco for the personal library of publisher Nelson Doubleday, Jr., spines lettered in gilt, raised bands. Housed in individual brown morocco leather-entry slipcases.

Condition

Excellent condition.

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