From the library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Inscribed to her
Queen Victoria: Leaves From a Journal. A Record of the Visit of the Emperor and Empress of the French to the Queen and of the Visit of the Queen and H.R.H. The Prince Consort to the Emperor of the French 1865.
Victoria, Queen. Introduction by Raymond Mortimer (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis).$500.00
Item Number: 90380
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1981.
First edition of this contemporary reprint of the journals of Queen Victoria with an introduction by Raymond Mortimer. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece in color, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed to Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper, “To Jackie, with admiration! & Love!! Molly.” Very good in a good dust jacket with chipping to the front and rear panel.
When John F. Kennedy was sworn in as president on January 20, 1961, 31-year-old Jacqueline Kennedy became the third youngest First Lady in American history. Although Kennedy stated that her priority as a First Lady was to take care of the President and their children, she also dedicated her time to the promotion of American arts and preservation of its history. Her main contribution was the restoration of the White House, but she also furthered the cause by hosting social events that brought together elite figures from politics and the arts. Throughout her husband's presidency and more than any of the preceding First Ladies, Kennedy made many official visits to other countries, on her own or with the President. Despite the initial worry that she might not have "political appeal", she proved popular among international dignitaries. In addition to these well-publicized trips during the three years of the Kennedy administration, she traveled to countries including Afghanistan, Austria, Canada, Colombia, United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, and Venezuela.