Stanford, University: James Ladd Delkin, printed at the Grabhorn Press, 1941. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 250 copies, quarto size,  pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNBR019
An essay by Albert Leon Guerard (1880-1959) on Vichy France, the nominal government of German-occupied France during WWII. He begins: "The France of to-morrow! What do we know of the France of to-day? Instead of clarion calls, there come to us across the ocean only vague rumors, whispers about the impotence of bewildered and disheartened men". He argues against the Vichy regime, and posits how victory over them might be won: "The Victory must be a Victory of Reason, Won in the German Soul" he wrote - in hindsight, alas, it was not to be won through reason. The essay provides a fascinating glimpse into the time when Nazi Germany was still a world power and reasonable men at times disagreed on the best way to victory. Published by James Ladd Delkin of Stanford University, where Albert Guerard was a Professor for many years, and printed by the inimitable Grabhorn Press.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in dark blue paper boards with gold fleur-de-lis design, natural linen spine, white paper label with red lettering and decorations, title page in red and black with gold fleur-de-lis on blue shield, chapter headings being large Roman numerals in red flanked by blue fleur-de-lis; set in monotype Centaur on Raisin Creme Canson Gravure paper from France;quarto size (10.25" by 6.5"), [1-5] 6-73 pp., unnumbered limited edition of 250 copies; in a plain white paper dust jacket.
___CONDITION: Fine, the binding clean and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, the text pages are clean and bright with the signatures mostly unopened, and entirely free of prior owner markings, with only some of the usual offsetting to the endpapers; crisp, a breathtaking copy. The white paper dust jacket near fine, clean and bright other than a stray mark or two, a very small spot of rubbing to one panel, and on one flap a small piece of red tape with a vintage bookseller price of $6.00 hand-written above.
___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 353.
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