Inscribed by Irving Berlin to United States Army Colonel Walter J. Currie
BERLIN, Irving. Songs from "This is the Army". New York: This is the Army, Inc. , 1942].
First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to United States Army Colonel Walter J. Currie, Chief of the Entertainment and Recreation Division of the United States Army: "For Walter Currie/with my grateful thanks/for a swell job in/helping 'This is the Army'/through to a big success--/Irving Berlin." Quarto (11 7/8 x 9 1/8 inches; 300 x 203 mm). [1]-55, [1, blank] pp. Sheet music with lyrics. Songs separately titled.

Original tan leather over flexible boards. Front board lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Speckled endpapers. Some minor soiling and scuffing to boards. Tape residue on front pastedown. Internally very clean. Overall about fine.

"The biggest and best-known morale-boosting show of World War II- Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, which began life as a Broadway musical designed to raise money for the military. It then toured the nation, and later the world, and was eventually made into a movie, starring the handsome young Lt. Ronald Reagan." (National Archives, By Laurence Bergreen).

HBS # 68714 $2,500

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