INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD, FIRST EDITION OF THE SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED 'NEW YORK TIMES EDITION" OF THE CONTROVERSIAL WARREN REPORT ON THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION
(KENNEDY ASSASSINATION) (FORD, Gerald R.). Report of the Warren Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. New York, London and Toronto: McGraw-Hill, (1964). Octavo, original half blue cloth, original dust jacket. $2500.
Special "New York Times Edition," issued same year as the first, of the official—yet perpetually controversial—report on the assassination of President Kennedy, boldly signed and dated "1/9/97" by Warren Commission member (and future president) Gerald R. Ford, in scarce dust jacket.
On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson created a Commission "to ascertain, evaluate and report upon the facts relating to the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy and the subsequent violent death of the man charged with the assassination." From February through September of 1964 the seven members of the President's commission (called the Warren Commission after its Chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren) heard the testimony of hundreds of witnesses and experts and reviewed thousands of exhibits. All subsequent investigations of the Kennedy Assassination have sought either to bolster or debunk the Warren Commission's "lone gunman" conclusion. Then-Representative (and future president) Gerald R. Ford's seat on the panel put the Michigan Congressman in the national spotlight. With 32 pages of black-and-white photogravures, including exhibits from the Commission and such indelible images as Oswald's assassination and Johnson's oath-taking aboard Air Force One. First published by the Government Printing Office in 1964. This edition includes special material from the New York Times' coverage of the events.
Light edge-wear, tiny bit of tape reinforcement to verso of price-clipped dust jacket. A scarce near-fine inscribed copy.