Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926-28. First Edition. Octavos; xxi, (6), 471pp; viii, (2), 508pp; xvi, (4), 453pp; ix, (3), 552pp. Frontis photographs, illustrations, plates, portraits, map, facsimiles. Near Fine copies (most pages are unopened, some rubbing to spines and light bumping to corner, still a lovely set) in 1/4 tan calf over light blue paper-covered boards; black leather labels, lettered and ruled in gold to each spine. #87 of 750 copies of the First Edition specially bound and signed in Volume 1 by Colonel House and Professor Seymour. V. I - Behind the Political Curtain, 1912-1915; V. II - From Neutrality to War, 1915-1917; V. III - Into the World War, April 1917-June 1918; V. IV - The Ending of the War. Item #20301
Colonel House was an American diplomat and advisor to President Woodrow Wilson... He was a highly influential back-stage politician in Texas before becoming a key supporter of the presidential bid of Wilson in 1912. Having a self-effacing manner, he did not hold office but was an "executive agent", Wilson's chief advisor on European politics and diplomacy during World War I (1914–18) and at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919... (wiki).