Twenty-Five Years 1892-1916 – Two Volumes, Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York, NY, 1925. First Edition, third printing. Blue cloth boards with gold facsimile signature, gilt spine titles, top edge gilt, other edges rough-cut. Volume I 331 pages; Volume II, 353 pages. With thirty-two illustrations from photographs including photo frontis with tissue guard. Owner’s book label to free endpapers; rippling to frontispiece of both volumes, light toning to preliminaries; no other markings and pages remain bright and clean;. Boards have moderate wear; contents are very lightly shaken; all pages remain attached.
“It is of vital importance to the world that there should be a true account of the events that led up to the Great War: without this there can be no right understanding of the causes of the war; and without such understanding nations will not perceive how to avoid the recurrence of another and greater disaster. It has therefore seemed a duty for one who had been long and intimately concerned in pre-war diplomacy to give his narrative of events, his interpretation of them, and the impression produced by them on his own mind. I have therefore had no doubt that this book ought to be written, and the decision to write it needs no excuse or apology.” Lord Grey of Fallodon, was the British foreign minister from 1905 to 1916. His account of the events leading up to and including the Great War are considered highly readable and valuable. As a great statesman of his time, Grey is the author of the famous quote: “the lights are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” 002455 $90