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New Deal for Coal.

WILSON Harold (1945.)

£200.00  [First Edition]

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Illustrated with tables, one folding. First edition. 8vo., cloth. London, Contact Publications Ltd.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'Hugh Gaitskell M.P. with the writer's compliments Harold Wilson August 1945'. Wilson acquired considerable knowledge of the Coal industry from his time as Director of Economics and Statistics at the Ministry of Fuel and Power from 1943-4, statistics being a lifelong passion. In 1963, after Gaitskell's untimely death, he succeeded him as Leader of the Labour Party. Gaitskell said of the young Wilson that he was 'extraordinarily able... he is only twenty-six, or thereabouts, and is one of the most brilliant younger people about... he has revolutionised the coal statistics. The great thing about him is that he understands what statistics are administratively important and interesting. We must on no account surrender him either to the Army or to any other department'.

Plentiful pencil side and underlinings to the text, covers very faded, scratched and stained, paint stain to tail of the spine.

Stock Code: 219047