An early edition of John Gunther's first "Inside" book
Twelfth edition. Hardback, bound in black cloth with gilt title label to spine. 22.5 × 15cm, xiv + 470pp.
Not signed, but this copy come from the library of Fleur Cowles, and has her library plate by Sotherans to the front pastedown. Fleur Cowles was an American writer, artist and founder of Flair magazine.
The first of American journalist John Gunther's "Inside" books, for which he travelled extensively through the area the book covered, interviewed political, social, and business leaders; talked with average people; reviewed area statistics; and then wrote a lengthy overview of what he had learned and how he interpreted it. Talking about Inside Europe, he said "This book has had a striking success all over the world. I was fortunate in that it appeared at just the right time, when the three totalitarian dictators took the stage and people began to be vitally interested in them."
This copy is in good plus condition. There is some light surface wear and abrasions to the boards and some creasing to the title label, the pages have some light age-related toning but otherwise a good solid copy.