Lot 65: Signed book: The White House. Special presentation edition. Washington, DC: The White House Historical Association, 1962. Hardcover, 7.25 x 10.5, 129 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in blue ballpoint, "For Paul—with all our wishes for a happy Christmas, and with admiration and appreciation, Jackie. December 25, 1962" and "John Kennedy." In fine condition, with light toning to the top of the signed page. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, and an official presidential card and envelope with a large golden seal. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the publication of this guide to the Executive Mansion as part of her restoration and preservation of the White House, releasing a softcover version for the general public with the intent of spreading knowledge of the house's historic importance. The Kennedys had some examples specially made to give as Christmas gifts; in addition to this version, there was a red leatherbound edition limited to 75. The recipient of this copy acted as the Kennedys' agent in building their 'Wexford' estate in Virginia. An exceptional piece with superb provenance.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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