"There can be peace in the world": First edition of Growing Toward Peace; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor
Growing Toward Peace.
Roosevelt, Eleanor & Regina Tor.$3,200.00
Item Number: 5476
New York: Random House, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor opposite the title page. Light fading to the cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Laid in is a publicity photograph of both authors. This is the first example we have seen signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Roosevelt and Tor celebrate the role of the UN as both an instrument for preserving peace, and as an agency for improving the health, education and productivity of people around the world. "Although the UN officially came into being at San Francisco in 1945," they write, it "is actually a highly complex international organization which has been built upon a foundation that has been long in the making, a foundation constructed of the long-ancient hopes, and dreams, the slowly accumulated human group knowledge, and the ever-developing conscious reasoning of thousands of ages of man." Written at the height of the Cold War and decolonization movement, the book expresses the vaunting-almost utopian-hopes of activists like Mrs. Roosevelt, who passionately believed in the power of the UN to achieve some form of world government and thereby avert the outbreak of a third world war.