AS WE REMEMBER JOE, FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY BOBBY KENNEDY TO HIS SUCCESSOR AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, NICHOLAS KATZENBACH
(KENNEDY, Robert) KENNEDY, John F. As We Remember Joe. Cambridge, MA: Privately printed at the University Press, 1945. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $7200.
First edition, second issue (of only 250 copies), of this tribute to the eldest of the Kennedy brothers, inscribed by Robert Kennedy to his successor as Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach: “For Nick, Bob Kennedy. Christmas 1965.” Privately printed for family and friends.
John F. Kennedy edited this collection of 20 essays (and also wrote the first, "My Brother Joe") memorializing his eldest brother, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., who won the Naval Cross and was killed in action in 1944. Privately printed for family and friends. There were 390 copies printed in the first issue with winged device on title page printed in red, and 250 in this, the second issue, with winged device on title page printed in black. With numerous photographic illustrations. The recipient of this copy, Nicholas Katzenbach, was a law professor at the University of Chicago when Robert Kennedy decided to appoint him Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in 1961. Just a year later, Kennedy placed him in the Number Two position at the Justice Department: Deputy Attorney General. Katzenbach became famous when he personally confronted Alabama Governor George Wallace when he blocked the entrance to the University of Alabama in an attempt to prevent two black students from attending. Later, when Robert F. Kennedy left office in early 1965, Lyndon Johnson appointed Katzenbach Attorney General. Two years after that, Katzenbach became Under Secretary of State, serving to the end of the Johnson Administration. With original mailing label from Kennedy's Senate office to Katzenbach laid in.
Very faint foxing to preliminaries, minor rust mark to front pastedown, original cloth quite lovely. A very nearly fine inscribed copy.