First Edition of Portrait of a President; Signed by William Manchester
Portrait Of A President.
Item Number: 3907
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1962.
First edition of William Manchester’s Portrait of a President. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of President Kennedy. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Portrait of a President is William Manchester's description of President John F. Kennedy. It was written while Kennedy was still alive, and is based on Manchester's 1962 Holiday magazine article. An iconic photograph of the Kennedys sailing, shows Jackie Kennedy reading Manchesters Portrait of a President while on holiday.
Other Books by this Author
FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM MANCHESTER’S CLASSIC WORK REMEMBERING KENNEDY: ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT; SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
First trade edition of the historian’s most well-known piece of literature. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with the lightest of shelf wear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.
"But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society": First Edition of Machester's Classic Work The Death of a President; inscribed by him to Abraham Zapruder
New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
First edition of the historian’s most well-known and enduring work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by William Manchester to Abraham Zapruder in the year of publication on the half-title page, “For Abe Zapruder – With gratitude and warmest regards – Wm Manchester 13 III 67.” The recipient, Abraham Zapruder, unexpectedly witnessed and filmed the assassination of John F. Kennedy while filming the procession of the presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Later referred to as the ‘Zapruder film’, the film offered an exceptionally clear view of the assassination and became an important part of the Warren Commission hearings and all subsequent investigations into the assassination. Zapruder is mentioned over a dozen times in the present volume, as is referenced in the index. From the library of Zapruder’s assistant Lillian Rogers, whom he gifted the book to with the original transmittal envelope postmarked at Dallas on November 24, 1970 signed by Zapruder, “Mr. A. Zapruder” in the return address. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the son of Lillian Rogers, which reads in part: “My mother, deceased, Lillian Rogers worked for Abaraham Zapruder at the time of the JFK assassination…On that day she urged Mr. Zapruder to go back to his home and get his movie camera which he did and the rest is history. She always felt that her legacy was that if she had not persuaded Mr. Zapruder to get his camera the world would probably not know much about the event. I acquired the copy of the book ‘The Death of a President’ signed by the author as part of my mother’s estate…I had seen it once before she died and she told me Mr. Zapruder had given it to her.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears to the extremities. An exceptional association linking two important figures in the preservation of the history of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Items associated with Zapruder rarely appear at market.
"But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work The Death of a President, Signed By Him
New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
First edition of the historian’s most well-known and enduring work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelfwear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
“GREAT LEADERS ALMOST ALWAYS EXUDE SELF-CONFIDENCE. THEY ARE NEVER PETTY. THEY ARE NEVER BUCK-PASSERS. THEY PICK THEMSELVES UP AFTER DEFEAT…”: First Edition of Blood, Brains & Beer: The Autobiography of David Ogilvy; Signed by David Ogilvy
New York: Atheneum, 1978.
First edition of Ogilvy’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by David Ogilvy on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear and closed tears.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This Is My Story; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1937.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Small bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a bright near fine with a few small closed tears. Uncommon in this condition and signed.