New York: The Viking Press, 1944. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth. 294pp. Very good. Mild edgewear, with spine slightly age toned. Item #38087
A tight and nice third printing of the "Anatomy of a Murder" author's first book, a legal-theme fiction set in Michigan's upper peninsula. A fine presentation copy, boldly signed and inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front flyleaf: "To Adlai Stevenson / with the admiration / and best wishes of / the author. / Robert Traver / (John D. Voelker) / Ishpeming / 20 Feb. 1953." Above this inscription is Stevenson's rubber-stamped signature, and at lower left of this page an aide pencils "Ack 2/25." Voelker (1903-91) said about the Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate ('52, '56) in a 1990 interview, "I was an admirer of his. He was an unusual candidate, an unusual guy," and he also did some work for the '52 presidential campaign. A most unusual, choice copy.