Public Works: A Dangerous Trade (Inscribed to Robert Moses's Lawyer AND Including Letters and Other Important Ephemera) SIGNED

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1970. Decorative Boards. An exceptional copy of the 1970 limited edition, in its bevelled, navy-blue boards. INSCRIBED BY ROBERT MOSES TO HIS LAWYER GILMORE CLARKE on the half-title. ALSO INCLUDES 3 SIGNED LETTERS BY ROBERT MOSES, AN ANGRY, FULL-PAGE, HANDWRITTEN MEMO BY ROBERT MOSES, AN EQUALLY ANGRY, FULL-PAGE LETTER BY GILMORE CLARKE AND A XEROXED COPY OF MOSES'S 23 PG. RESPONSE TO THE PUBLICATION OF CARO'S "THE POWER BROKER" AS WELL AS TO THE NEW YORKER'S RECENT EXCERPTING OF IT IN 4 INSTALLMENTS. This additional ephemera clearly conveys Moses's displeasure with Caro's epic biography and also showcases Moses's impressive skills as a counterpuncher. He does not take Caro's biography sitting down and, as with so many larger-than-life conflicts, (somewhat effectively) casts doubts on Caro's veracity and his motives. The book has held up very nicekly: clean and Near Fine, with bright gilt-design to the front panel and bright gilt-titling along the spine. One very small scuff at the foot of the spine, otherwise clean as could be. And in a crisp, well-preserved example of the publisher's unprinted mylar dustjacket. Thick octavo, top-edge gilt. A significant copy, with its powerful association (from the personal library of Moses's lawyer) and its important laid-in ephemera. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #19812

Price: $2,000.00

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