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    J. Edgar Hoover. Persons in Hiding. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1938. First edition, inscribed and signed by J. Edgar Hoover and additionally signed by Clyde A. Tolson and Courtney Ryley Cooper. Octavo. Publisher's black cloth lettered and ruled in yellow to front board and spine; some minor wear and scratches. Cream colored endpapers, all edges trimmed; some tape reside to front free endpaper, edges foxed. Internally generally clean, some intermittent foxing and thumb soiling. Inscribed and signed on the dedication page by J. Edgar Hoover to a member of the FBI secretarial pool, "To Anita Sheaffer / with best wishes and / appreciation / 2/3/38 J. Edgar Hoover." Also signed by both dedicatees, "Sincerely - / Clyde A. Tolson / 2/4/38." and "Me too! Courtney Riley Cooper." A very good book with a fascinating association.

    Clyde Tolson (1900-1975) was the second-ranking official of the FBI under Hoover. He had a close relationship with Hoover, and there are persistent rumors that he and Hoover were lovers. Upon Hoover's death, Tolson inherited Hoover's home and estate.

    Courtney Riley Cooper (1886-1940) was an author, circus performer, and criminologist. He was close friends to Hoover and Tolson, and it is thought that Cooper ghost-wrote Persons in Hiding.

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