Eastern Europe in the Socialist World (Signed copy)
Signed by Hewlett Johnson, the Red Dean of Canterbury
First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, 279pp.
This copy has been signed directly to the title page by Helwett Johnson, the Red Dean of Canterbury. Additionally, this book was given as gift to a Bebington man, Stan Harlands in "appreciation by comrades and friends in Bebington (Wirral, Merseyside)" for his work in British Soviet Friendship and Socialism. The book has then been signed by 42 people.
From the wrapper, "this book is a full and authenticated account, the first to be published, of the condition of the People's Democracies of Eastern Europe. Many conflicting tales have been told of Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria. The Dean of Canterbury has visited these countries repeatedly since their liberation in 1945, has noted their progress and also their weaknesses, has spoken freely and frankly with members of the governments, leading churchmen, writers and artists, and with the ordinary industrial peasants. His reports of their lives and aspirations cannot be gainsaid, the facts and figures he quotes are irrefutable. They add up to a picture of remarkable social advance and of peoples whose concern is only to build up peacefully their own way of life and to live at peace with the rest fo the world."
The book is in good condition though foxed to the pages' edges. The dustwrapper is tatty, creased and with some loss to the corners and spine ends but is now within a protective sleeve.