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Item 7078 - Woodrow Wilson Signed Book: 'Declaration of War Against Germany' Catalog 1008 (May 2020)

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Signed book: Address of the President of the United States, Delivered at a Joint Session of the Two Houses of Congress, April 2, 1917. Later printing. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1917. Hardcover bound in custom full green calf with gilt stamping and custom red morocco slipcase, 5 x 7.5, 30 pages. Signed and inscribed on a free end page in bold ink, "Dr. Arnold Genthe, With the best wishes, of Woodrow Wilson, 26 April 1917." In this historic speech, Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, memorably stating: "The world must be made safe for democracy." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: NF/None in a VG slipcase, with a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to a rear page, and rubbing and scuffing to the slipcase's leather. Four days after Wilson's speech, Congress overwhelmingly passed the war resolution which brought the United States into World War I.

The recipient of this example, Arnold Genthe, was a successful photographer who photographed Wilson on at least one occasion. Both Wilson and Genthe had residences in Cornish, New Hampshire, where they belonged to the 'Cornish Art Colony.' From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

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