"SO GLOWING AND IMPERISHABLE A MEMORY": SIGNED LIMITED FRANKLIN HALL EDITION OF SCHLESINGER'S A THOUSAND DAYS
(KENNEDY, John F.) SCHLESINGER, Arthur M., Jr. A Thousand Days. John F. Kennedy in the White House. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1979. Octavo, original full russet morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt, original folding chemise. $500.
Signed limited Franklin Hall edition of Schlesinger's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of President Kennedy, one of an unnumbered limitation signed by him, containing his "Special Message" not in the first edition, with publisher's original laid-in booklet.
Eminent historian Schlesinger's name remains inseparable from that of the president whose administration he so influenced. More than anyone else, Schlesinger—who first befriended the Kennedy clan when he and Joseph, Jr. attended Harvad together, and who later served not only as special assistant to JFK but also as speechwriter for all three remaining brothers—cast the Kennedy White House years as America's Camelot. "From The Age of Jackson to The Age of Roosevelt to the two Kennedy biographies (which could as easily have been called 'The Age of the Kennedys'), Schlesinger can be seen to have written a gapped history of 150 years of 'triumphant liberalism'" (Boston Globe). A Thousand Days won the National Book Award in 1965 and a Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1966. Preceded by the 1965 editions.
A fine copy.