First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5405
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1976. First Edition. Signed by author on front free endpaper to Willia Safire with inscription, "For William Safire / Admiral defender of the English / language, and of much else - / James MacGregor Burns / April 26, 1976."
Octavo; 383 pages. Photographic dust jacket with $11.95 price intact; book in green paper-covered boards with maroon cloth spine and gilt lettering. Jacket creased at corners and spine ends with light edgewear. Boards lightly bumped at corners with nudging to spine ends. Binding is sound.
Typed signed letter on Williams College stationery from Burns to Safire laid in at front. Burns invites Safire to an "informal discussion of "Political Leadership in America: Theoretical and Political Aspects," at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Burns continues, "I am inviting a number of Washington politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, and others to attend, so that we can have a good balance of "practitioners" and "theorists" in this discussion. I hope that you can join us, and that you will feel free to bring others who might be interested." Handwritten note at bottom reads, "I like your columns on English usage (my mother / fined me 1 penny when I'd - say - used / "continuation" instead of "continual"). What / about taking on the phrase "I could not / help but..."?
Promotional card and photograph of Burns also laid in at front. Stapled two-page photocopy of Richard J. Whalen's review of the book for "The Saturday Review" with light coffee ringstain to first page laid in.