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Feb 17, 2022
Thirty-fourth president Dwight D. Eisenhower's signed White House Memoirs, including an advance presentation copy to his former Secretary of Defense, Thomas S. Gates, Jr.
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963. First and limited edition, #1,352/1,434 numbered copies, signed by Eisenhower (from a total edition of 1,500). 8vo. xviii, (ii), 650 pp. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Original full tan linen, stamped in green and in gilt on spine, gilt Presidential Seal on front board; top edge trimmed, other edges untrimmed; pictorial endpapers; partially unopened; in original acetate dust-jacket; lacking slip case.
The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965. First edition. 8vo. xxiii, (i), 741 pp. Advance presentation copy, inscribed by Eisenhower to Secretary of Defense, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. ("devotedly"), on an Eisenhower Farm, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania book-plate, on half-title. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Original full tan linen, stamped in green and in gilt on spine, gilt Presidential Seal on front board; top and bottom edges trimmed, fore-edge untrimmed; pictorial endpapers; 5 1/2 in. closed tear in pp. 255-262; in original acetate dust-jacket; lacking slip case.
An advance presentation copy, signed by thirty-fourth president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), and presented to his former Secretary of Defense, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. (1906-1983).
Gates and his role as Secretary of Defense is mentioned numerous times in both of these volumes. "To replace Neil McElroy as Secretary of Defense I prevailed on Secretary of the Navy Tom Gates to delay his return to private life. He first took the post of Deputy Secretary for the duration of Mr. McElroy's term and then in December assumed the post of Secretary of Defense. During his term as Secretary he had the satisfaction of seeing the Polaris, developed by the Navy under his leadership, make its first successful firings and join America's growing arsenal." (p. 254, The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961).
Presented to Thomas S. Gates, Jr., thence by descent in the family.
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