A Letter From Grosvenor Square.




Hodder and Stoughton.






An account of a stewardship by john g. winant.

Item Description

FIRST UK EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6 inches. vii + [i] + 200 pp. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with pictorial front dust wrapper attached to rear pastedown. Some wear to extremities, fly leaves and preliminaries browned and some edge spotting, and occasionally elsewhere; otherwise a very good copy. Pictorial bookplate of Neil Little and 1947 gift inscription to him on first free endpaper with his signature above. Signed typescript letter from author to Neil Little at Reform Club with embossed address of Embassy of the United States of America, March 1941, tipped on to rear first free endpaper. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece. Decorated by title page vignette. Wartime autobiographical account by US diplomat, John Gilbert Winant (1889-1947), who served as Ambassador to Britain, March 1941-April 1946, succeeding the pro-appeasement Joseph Kennedy, Senior. In the twenties and thirties he had previously served as Governor of New Hampshire. The book includes personal narratives of the 1941 Blitz, the Lend Lease negotiations, the Invasion of Russia and Atlantic Charter and concludes with the attack on Pearl Harbor, news of which arrived when he was in the company of Winston Churchill. This copy was owned by Neil Little, born in London 1894, staff member of the International Labour Office in Geneva, who would have been a colleague of Winant when the latter was appointed Director-General of the I.L.O. in 1939 (hence the March 1941 letter inserted into the book). On leaving Geneva Little returned to London to work at the War Office. (ArchiveGrid/Old and talkative: an autobiography, 1964/by Neil Little website).

[Stock No. 27459]

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