First editions of Each volume in Hoover's An American Epic; Each Inscribed by Him

  • An American Epic. Volumes I-III.
  • An American Epic. Volumes I-III.
  • An American Epic. Volumes I-III.

An American Epic. Volumes I-III.

$3,000.00

Item Number: 102389

Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1959-61.

First edition of each volume in President Hoover’s multi-volume history of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, the world’s first international relief agency. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in each volume, “To Dr. A.A. Sallquist the good wishes of Herbert Hoover.” Fine in near fine dust jackets. An uncommon set, signed and inscribed.

Hoover's philanthropic and government work during the First World War confirmed his progressive beliefs and brought him wide public notice at home and abroad. Serving as head of the Commission for the Relief in Belgium (CRB), as President Wilson's U.S. Food Administrator (1917-19) in charge of voluntary rationing, and director general of the American Relief Administration in Europe (1919-20) made him such a popular figure that both parties courted him as a presidential nominee in 1920. Refusing to run for the presidency, Hoover served as secretary of commerce in the administrations of Presidents Harding and Coolidge, transforming that department between 1921 and 1928 into one of the most important and well-publicized federal departments. As commerce secretary he encouraged and helped to develop some of the most advanced economic theories about business cycles and industrial standardization, promoted government regulation of the nascent radio and aviation industries, and supported federal supervision of foreign loans" (ANB).

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