New York: L.B. Fischer, . Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth with burgundy lettering, dust jacket. 37pp. Near fine/very good. Rear endpaper tanned from long-ago newsprint contact; jacket a tad soiled and faintly age toned, with spine somewhat dark and chip at upper right of front panel. Item #48768
Tight and attractive second printing of this speech by the second of FDR's three vice presidents, a fiery (for a former agriculture secretary) address given May 8, 1941, before the Free World Association and published after the outbreak of World War Two. He boldly signs the front flyleaf in full in blue ink. Not only is this title rarely found signed, but this copy bears on the inner flyleaf typed notes from the first two of the five commentators whose remarks follow Wallace's address: First is a Typed Note Signed from radio and newspaper analyst and commentator Raymond Clapper (1892-1944). 1p, 6" X 9", Washington, DC, 25 April 1941. Near fine. Faint horizontal folds. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). On "Scripps-Howard Newspaper Alliance" letterhead, Clapper thanks Gates "for sending me an inscribed copy of your second 'Amberglow,'" signing boldly in blue ink. On the facing flyleaf is a Typed Letter Signed from U.S. Army officer and military history/analysis author George Fielding Eliot (1894-1971). 1p, 7¼" X 10½", New York, NY, 19 October 1954. Near fine. Faint original folds. Addressed to Carl Haverlin (1899-1985, legendary radio pioneer and first president of music licensing service Broadcast Music, Inc., a respected Lincoln/Civil War scholar and founding member and officer of the New York Civil War Round Table). Chatty note about not being able to attend a Civil War Round Table meeting. Wallace (1888-1965) served FDR as secretary of agriculture (1933-40) before being named vice president (1941-45), then when the Democratic party preferred Harry Truman as FDR's running mate was named secretary of commerce (1945-46). Wallace appears to have signed very few copies of this title, and this copy with letters from two contributors as well is most unusual.