NY: Moffat, Yard and Co., 1918. Item #97-7503
Two volumes. Well illlustr with photogravure and half tone, 9.25 x 6.25, blindstamped cloth w/gilt lettering, top edge gilt, 530, 563. Ex-Ford library, pocket removal marks insdie volume 1, light wear, rubbing and scratches, upper corners bumped along with corresponding page corners, lower corners and spine tips lightly bumped, occasional light spotting and toning, p. 471/472 in volume 1 has a horizontal tear in side margin, inner hinges cracked in volume 2. Inside vol. 1 is an inscription "To Mr. Henry Ford who had the respect and admiration of David Belasco and his family. Morris and Reina Belasco Gest. New York 1932." Reina Belasco Gest was the oldest daughter of David Belasco; book was inscribed the year after David Belasco died. Henry Ford made a speech at the Belasco Theater in Washington, Nov. 26, 1915. He was asked to speak to a gathering of pacifists; however, Ford was very uncomfortable at public occasions and tried to make his aide speak for him. Unsuccessful, Ford rose from his seat on the stage, uttered nine words and dashed off the stage. FIRST ED.