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CRUSADE IN EUROPE in Blue Morocco

CRUSADE IN EUROPE in Blue Morocco

EISENHOWER, Dwight Bound in full blue morocco leather with a flaming sword in gilt and white leather onlays on the front cover, gilt-lettered spine with five raised bands, top edge gilt, gilt dentelles. Illustrated with drawings and photographs. As with the 1426 deluxe numbered copies, this copy has the facsimile page of the D-Day Order to send the troops to storm the beaches of Normandy, SIGNED by Eisenhower, which begins: "You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you." But it does not have the limitation page stating the number of copies printed, and the endpapers consisting of a map of the operations depict the ocean in blue rather than brown as in the limited edition. At the same time, the copyright page states "First Edition" only, as does the limited edition, without the disclaimer stating it is the first trade edition. The first 25 copies of the limited edition were bound in full red morocco leather and put aside for Eisenhower's personal use. We have had two of them over the years, each inscribed to one of his brothers. A colleague believes that only 11 copies were issued in this blue morocco binding, but we have not been able to verify that. In addition to being SIGNED on the D-Day Order page, this copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the President on the half-title page: "For: Joseph H S. Winne/with best wishes/and warm regard/from his friend/Dwight D. Eisenhower." We could find nothing about the recipient other than that he and his wife traveled in the U.S. with the Eisenhowers. Slight sunning to the spine, a few small nicks to leather. About Fine in a Near Fine blue cloth slipcase