The Last Tzar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II.

First edition of The Last Tsar; inscribed by Edvard Radzinsky to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who served as the associate editor for the book

The Last Tzar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II.

RADZINSKY, Edvard. Translated by Marian Schwartz (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis).

$750.00

Item Number: 90378

New York: Doubleday, 1992.

First edition of Radzinsky’s biography of Nicholas II. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Associatation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To dear Jackie, who gave this book life—your friend, Edvard Radzinsky, 2 July 1992.” With Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to the front pastedown. Kennedy served as associate editor for this book while at Doubleday, hence the warm inscription from Radzinsky. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

Throughout her husband's presidency and more than any of the preceding First Ladies, Jacqueline 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. In 1975, six months after the death of her second husband Aristotle Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy returned to work as a consulting editor for Viking Press, earning a salary of $200 per week. When Kennedy learned that Viking was to publish Jeffrey Archer's Shall We Tell the President? which contained a plot involving a presidential assassination, she resigned and took an associate editing position at Doubleday where she remained for the rest of her professional career.

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