Third Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #4986
London: Samuel Holdsworth, 1838. Third Edition, Enlarged. Gift inscription from senator and presidential adviser Gary Hart to author, journalist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire on front free endpaper, with additional handwritten letter laid in. 12mo (7" x 4.5"); xii, 280pp. Later red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. The binder initially misspelled the author's name as "O'Sullivan," with an initial "O'" blindstamped and the rest of the lettering in gilt. Covers lightly bumped at corners and nudged at spine ends, but square, clean, and bright. A few pages early on creased at corners but corrected after years of proper closure. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Gary Hart was a favored 1988 Democratic presidential nominee until allegations of an affair led him to drop out of the race. He served as a senator for Colorado from 1975-1987, and later worked as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland and as Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council under Barack Obama. William Safire was an author, journalist, and speechwriter for Richard Nixon. His On Language column ran in The New York Times Magazine for 30 years. In the accompanying letter, Hart tells Safire he found the book in Kennedy's Bookshop in Galway, and points out that someone "tried to get away with a name change. But, thank God, someone caught the devious bastards."