Very Good / Very Good. Item #5693
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993. Third Printing. Three signed handwritten letters from co-authors on stationary postcards (one from Beschloss, two from Talbott) to journalist William Safire laid in. Book itself is unsigned.
Octavo; 498pp. Printed black dust jacket over red- and black paper-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Jacket is clean and crisp with no chips, tears, or marks. Boards sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Beschloss's letter thanks Safire and his wife, Helene, for an invitation to a recent luncheon for George Schultz, commenting on it being a rare occasion "to see such a mosaic of recent history...in a city whose historical memory ordinarily extends back about three minutes." Talbott's first letter presents a speech (unfortunately unattached) he was set to give in Oxford the following day. His second acknowledges his being mentioned in one of Safire's recent columns, saying "I am, to be sure, martyred at having been caught cliche-mongering, and I have indeed now, duly chastened, taken the anti-cliche pledge."