INSCRIBED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY
(KENNEDY, Jacqueline) WOLFF, Perry. A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1962. Quarto, original half blue cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition, warmly inscribed on the half title by Jacqueline Kennedy: “To Judge C—— R—— with my very best wishes—Jaqueline Kennedy.”
As First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was wildly popular for her fashion and decorating sense. She undertook the task of having the White House restored and redecorated and bestowed with the stature it deserved as an architectural work. Her endeavors, and their results, were preserved for posterity by a documentary film crew led by Perry “Skee” Wolff. “On the night of 14 February 1962 three out of four television viewers tuned to CBS or NBC to watch a A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Four nights later, ABC rebroadcast the program to a sizable national audience before it then moved on to syndication in more than fifty countries around the globe. In all, it was estimated that hundreds of millions of people saw the program, making it the most widely viewed documentary during the genre’s so called golden age” (Museum of Broadcast Communications). The glamour and majesty demonstrated in projects such as these were important in the later description of the Kennedy White House years as “Camelot”. This text was created to expand upon the broadcast, and is richly illustrated with black & white and color photographs of the White House and its occupants through the years. This extraordinary copy has been inscribed by Jackie Kennedy on the half-title and has a John F. Kennedy postage stamp pasted directly below her inscription. Affixed on the adjacent page is an envelope from the White House (Office of the Curator) to the inscribee with all original postal markings. Contemporary pencil date on inscription page.
Book with crayon mark to pastedown, mild toning to boards, and light rubbing to extremities. Dust jacket with only light wear to extremities. A near-fine inscribed copy.