[Roosevelt,Churchill: First Quebec Conference] Tadoussac: Then and Now. A History and Narrative of the Kingdom of the Saguenay
1942 · Quebec, Canada
by Coverdale, William Hugh.
Quebec, Canada, 1942. Near fine. 12 x 9 inches. Folio. 9 sepia illustrations throughout including map of New France, foreword by Major-General, The Honourable Sir Eugene Fiset, bibliography; original brown printed cloth over boards with spine crease, minor soiling to front cover, edgewear. Unusually copy signed on front free endpaper by historically significant group of seven British and American staff present at First Quebec Conference codenamed Quadrant (August 1943), a highly secret military conference attended by Churchill and Roosevelt to discuss issues concerning World War II including the atomic bomb and invasion of France. All seven signatures are bold in blue and black fountain pen inks; three add ranks below signature. The head of the endpaper is dated August 1943 in an unidentified hand; front pastedown signed by D. Roberts. Signatures include: Guy Gibson (1918-1944), the World War II British Airman made the most highly decorated serviceman in the country by Queen Victoria for his heroics during Operation Chastises raid on the Mohne and Eder Dams (1943), Lord Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979), one of the most senior English military figures in both World War I and II who won the Victoria Cross for his bravery at La Boiselle, France (1916); Sir Anthony Eden (1897-1977), the British Prime Minister from 1955-57 best known for his controversial handling of the 1956 Suez Canal crisis, Ernest J. King (1878-1956), the American Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations during World War II, William D. Leahy (1875-1959), the American Fleet Admiral and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief during World War II, George C. Marshall (1880-1959), Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1939-45), and Adrian Carton de Wiart (1880-1963), British Lieutenant General who served in World War I and World War II, Victoria Cross Winner for his actions at La Boiselle in 1916. (Inventory #: 5983288)