Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1964. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown and tan cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. 133pp. Decorative endpapers. Fine/near fine. Item #45143
Handsome first edition of this essay collection with essays by John Dos Passos, Arthur Lehman Goodhart, Reinhold Niebuhr, Robert Lowell, Paul H. Douglas and David C. Mearns. This copy bears superb autograph addition: Tipped to half-title page is a pencilled Autograph Note Signed from Nevins, 1p, 4" X 2½", n.p., n.y. Very good. On verso of slip clipped from typed letter to Nevins likely on university letterhead (printed "Southern American Genealogy Negro and Slavery" still evident), Nevins writes presumably to the correspondent, named Ralph: "Would you and Mr. Lebold lunch with me at the Columbia Faculty Club (117th & Morningside Drive, right beside Eisenhower's house, a 1pm. Wednesday and let me then show you the University Library," signed simply "AN." Foreman Lebold was older brother of reviled child murderer Nathan Leopold of Leopold and Loeb infamy, a noted book collector who changed his name after the 1924 trial to distance himself from the notoriety. Intriguingly cryptic. Nevins (1890-1971) was the prolific American historian awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Ordeal of the Union" (1947-71).