Second Printing. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5197
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1980. Second Printing. Signed by Clare Booth Luce without inscription on front free endpaper, with additional handwritten letter and two greeting cards to journalist and author William Safire laid in. Quarto; 896pp. Printed dust jacket with patterned border; book in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine.
Boothe was an author, Ambassador to Italy and then to Brazil (the first woman appointed to a major ambassadorial role), member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and conservative speaker. She was the first female member of Congress to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The first card is an illustrated "Clare Boothe Moose" greeting card, the interior typed and signed by Luce. The message reads, in part, "Dear Bill, / Now it was very clever of you to figure out / that that anonymous valentine came from me. I feel / like sending you one almost every time I read your / column. / This card is not exactly a valentine of my own choice. Believe it or not, I found it in the greeting card department of J.C. Penny. Such is / fame. Nevertheless, I moose say I found it moose / amoosin." She goes on to ask about a New Republic article on Andropov.
The second card is the aforementioned Valentine's Day card and signed, "Thanks! / Love / Your favorite / Courtesan."
The signed letter is printed on Watergate Hotel stationery and discusses the Manuel book, stating, in part, "What struck me is / how much of Fourier's Utopia, our / modern culture (urban, anyway) / has absorbed. I will pick / up the book when I return / to Washington in Jan. Feb. / All best / Clare."
Jacket is toned at the spine and rubbed with a couple small chips. Boards are square with faint edgewear. Binding is sound. Laid at back are three newspaper articles (2 of reviews of the Manuel book), and these pages are heavily toned. 2 paperclips to front and rear holding in laid in items.