First signed limited edition of Adlai E. Stevenson's major speeches from his 1951 Presidential campaign; one of 1000 copies signed by the author
Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson 1952.
Stevenson, Adlai E.$100.00
Item Number: 96776
New York: Random House, 1953.
First signed limited edition of Adlai E. Stevenson’s major speeches from his 1951 Presidential campaign. Octavo, original cloth, photographic frontispiece portrait by Life Magazine photographer Cornell Capa. One of 1,000 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 36. Near fine in the original glassine which is in very good condition. Housed in the original slipcase.
The grandson of former Vice-President Adlai E. Stevenson, Adlai E. Stevenson II came from a distinguished family in Illinois and was well known as a gifted orator, intellectual, and political moderate. Early in 1952, while Stevenson was still governor of Illinois, President Harry S. Truman decided that he would not seek another term as president. Instead, Truman met with Stevenson in Washington and proposed that Stevenson seek the Democratic nomination for president; Truman promised him his support if he did so. Although Stevenson was initially hesitant, he eventually accepted the Democratic nomination and was ultimately defeated by his Republican opponent Dwight D. Eisenhower.