First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft
Recollections of Full Years.
Taft, Helen Herron (William Howard Taft).$6,800.00
Item Number: 95234
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1914.
First edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft’s autobiography, the first autobiography published by a First Lady of the United States. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Taft, with numerous illustrations. Signed by both William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Herron Taft on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare, not only signed by the First lady of the United States to publish an autobiography, but by both Mrs. and President Taft.
Helen Herron Taft was the First Lady of the United States to compose and publish her memoirs during her lifetime. First Lady Julia Dent Grant attempted, but was unable to secure a publisher for here Personal Memoirs during her lifetime, they were later published by Putnam in 1975. Every memoir by a first lady published in the 20th and 21st centuries has become a best seller, at times outselling those of their presidential husbands.