Very Good. Item #7756
New Haven: [Yale University], 1933. Complete sammelband of Vol. III issues. Editor Eugene Rostow's copy with his ownership inscription at to of front free endpaper. Signed letter from Alistair Cook taped below, handwritten on Cooke's stationary: "Mar 19 / 98. / Dear Gene: / I have read your compelling piece on the pressing need to vote Socialist. You are right! I have every intention next time of voting for Norman Thomas. / Love from both to both: / Alistair."
Octavo; [iv], -50pp +ads, -48pp, -47pp +ads, -46pp +ads, -94pp + ads. Original wraps present preserved for all issues. Collects the October 1932, December 1932, Feb-March, 1933, April 1933, and May 1933 issues with a separate title, blubs, and brief intro for full volume. Blue slip advertising the final issue laid in at back. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and corner tips. Gilt lettering to spine. Boards edgeworn with rubbing and exposure to corners, some scuffs down joints and surface, and some general fading and smudging. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Rostow, whose parents were both active socialists, has an editorial in the first issue herein in which he writes "For the voter interested...in hastening the approach of realism and competence in public affairs, the issue is clear: to have any effective meaning, his vote must contribute the significance of a new support to the movement uniquely represented in America by the Socialist Party." Rostow's politics shifted later in life, becoming a prominent neoconservative and Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under Reagan. He had previously served as Dean of Yale University, and as Under Secretary of State in the Johnson administration. Cooke's letter, dated 1998, seems a humorous poke at the younger Rostow's views (Norman Thomas died thirty years earlier in 1968). Cooke has a few contributions throughout: "The Social Comedy of Mr. Coward" in the February issue, "On a Close Prospect of War" in April, and a poem titled "Hitler" in May.