“A MAN DOES WHAT HE MUST… AND THAT IS THE BASIS OF ALL HUMAN MORALITY”: FIRST EDITION OF PROFILES IN COURAGE
KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1956). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $1600.
First edition, first printing, of Kennedy’s Pulitzer-winning examination of “that most admirable of human virtues.”
"A series of sketches of American politicians who risked their careers in the cause of principle… 'A man does what he must,' Kennedy wrote, '—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human morality'… The book was popular history of high order, and it received the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957" (ANB). First printing, with "First Edition" and publisher's code "M-E" on copyright page. With eight pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations. Owner ink signature, dated "Feb. '56."
Book fine, dust jacket with shallow wear to spine ends, bright and clean. A lovely, near-fine copy.