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#4105 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Limited Edition Signed Book Estimate: $22,000+

Deluxe limited edition of Ike's Crusade in Europe, presented to his loyal military aide

Extraordinary signed book: Crusade in Europe. First edition, limited issue, numbered 24/1426. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1948. Hardcover custom-bound in full red leather morocco by Gaston Pilon, with matching slipcase, 6.75 x 9.75, 559 pages. Signed in fountain pen on a special prefatory page reproducing Eisenhower’s ‘Order of the Day’ on D-Day, “Dwight D. Eisenhower,” and warmly signed and inscribed on the colophon, "For Bob and Dottie Schulz, without whose loyal, constant and effective assistance the preparation of this document would have been far more difficult, if not impossible, with lasting gratitude and affection from their friend, Dwight D. Eisenhower." Autographic condition: very fine. Book condition: VG+/None in a VG slipcase, with two thin scuffs to the rear board, and one scuff at the head of the spine; the slipcase exhibits wear to the exterior, and has matching red leather trim.

Although the limitation statement suggests that 26 copies were reserved for presentation purposes, in 1949 a number of newspapers reprinted an interview with the bookbinder Gaston Pilon in which he stated that one of his prized possessions was a letter from Eisenhower thanking him for hand-binding '35 special, goatskin leather-covered volumes' of this book. The sumptuous deluxe binding features a handsome gilt-banded spine with the title, year, and author in gilt; and the front cover has Eisenhower's 'flaming sword' motif in silver and gilt. Chronicling the heroic American effort during World War II, Crusade in Europe is widely considered one of the finest American military biographies. A superior presentation copy, twice-signed and gifted by Eisenhower to one of his most significant aides. From the collection of Brigadier General Robert L. Schulz, longtime military aide to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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