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Item 7069 - William H. Taft Signed Book: 'Papers on League of Nations' Catalog 1008 (May 2020)

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Signed book: Taft Papers on League of Nations. First edition. NY: Macmillan, 1920. Hardcover bound in brown cloth with morocco gilt spine label, 6.75 x 9, 340 pages. Signed on the first free end page in ink, "Wm. H. Taft." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with rubbing to spine and a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to a rear page.

In 1915, Taft became the first president of the League to Enforce Peace, an organization that advocated the formation of an international coalition aimed at preventing war. The fruition of President Wilson's Fourteen Points plan similarly and more famously established the League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, with the League's charter later incorporated into the conference's WWI-dissolving Treaty of Versailles. Taft's public support of the League was chastised by many of his fellow Republicans, and his inconsistent views on the Versailles reservations were rebuked by both parties. Wilson's opposition to any amendments or reservations of the treaty subsequently concluded with its final rejection on March 19, 1920. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

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