The Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty: Proceedings (1949) (1st ed)


The Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty: Proceedings (1949) (1st ed)


Title: The Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty – Proceedings

Author: NATO, Kurt H. Volk (typographer)

Publisher: NATO, 1949. First edition. Limited edition, no 603 of 1,000. Signed by illustrator.

Condition: Leather spine, marbled boards. A large, thin folio, beautifully typeset. In very good condition, slight foxing to ffep.

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Proceedings of the Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO), with opening remarks by NATO officials, including Harry S. Truman. With all the treaty articles, beautifully typeset, with facsimile signatures of all the signatories.

About the treaty (from Wikipedia):

The North Atlantic Treaty, also referred to as the Washington Treaty, is the treaty that forms the legal basis of, and is implemented by, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. on 4 April 1949.

The treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. on 4 April 1949 by a committee which was chaired by US diplomat Theodore Achilles. Earlier secret talks had been held at the Pentagon between 22 March and 1 April 1948, of which Achilles said:

The talks lasted about two weeks and by the time they finished, it had been secretly agreed that there would be a treaty, and I had a draft of one in the bottom drawer of my safe. It was never shown to anyone except Jack [Hickerson]. I wish I had kept it, but when I left the Department in 1950, I dutifully left it in the safe and I have never been able to trace it in the archives. It drew heavily on the Rio Treaty, and a bit of the Brussels Treaty, which had not yet been signed, but of which we were being kept heavily supplied with drafts. The eventual North Atlantic Treaty had the general form, and a good bit of the language of my first draft, but with a number of important differences.

According to Achilles, another important author of the treaty was John D. Hickerson:

More than any human being Jack was responsible for the nature, content, and form of the Treaty…It was a one-man Hickerson treaty.

The treaty was created with an armed attack by the Soviet Union against Western Europe in mind, but the mutual self-defense clause was never invoked during the Cold War. Rather, it was invoked for the first time in 2001 in response to the 11 September 2001 attacks against the World Trade Center and The Pentagon in Operation Eagle Assist.