First Edition of The President Speaks: "A More Beautiful America": Inscribed by LBJ to Florida Senator George Smathers
The President Speaks: “A More Beautiful America” Excerpts from Speeches.
Johnson, Lyndon B.$1,600.00
Item Number: 56030
Washington, D.C: Government Printing Office, 1965.
First edition of this collection of speeches from President Lyndon Johnson. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To George Smathers from his devoted friend. Lyndon B. Johnson.” The recipient, George Smathers was a United States senator from Florida from 1951-1969, and close friends of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Illustrated throughout from photographs by Ansel Adams, plus one by Wynn Bullock. Booklet “Message on Natural Beauty” by Johnson loose in rear endpaper pocket as issued. Near fine in a fine slipcase. A nice association.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. A Democrat from Texas, he previously served as a United States Representative from 1937 to 1949 and then as a United States Senator from 1949 to 1961. He spent six years as Senate Majority Leader, two as Senate Minority Leader, and two more as Senate Majority Whip.