AN INSCRIBED COPY OF WOODROW WILSON’S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK: THE STATE — ELEMENTS OF HISTORICAL AND PRACTICAL POLITICS.
WILSON, (THOMAS) WOODROW. (1856-1924). Twenty-eighth President of the United States (1913-21); professor and president at Princeton University. His difficult to find first book: THE STATE — ELEMENTS OF HISTORICAL AND PRACTICAL POLITICS. “The revised, first edition. 1898. Boston, D.C Heath & Co, Publishers”. Gilt imprinted, red cloth. 686 pages, octavo. Front inner hinge starting [see image]. Wilson has inscribed this copy: “The Club of Thirty-Nine / with the compliments of / Woodrow Wilson / Princeton, N.J. / 31 October 1900”. Library of “The Club of Thirty-Nine” bookplate affixed on opposite page, and has caused an off-setting stain under Wilson’s inscription. Our research indicates the Club of 39 was a social/ dining club active in Princeton for a number of years. An interesting note: this book had Wilson’s first wife as its dedicatee, and the addition of it being inscribed on Halloween, just enhances its appeal. His inscribed books are of some scarcity.