PROFILES IN COURAGE, INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY
KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper & Brothers, circa 1957. Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $9000.
Later printing of Kennedy's Pulitzer-winning examination of "that most admirable of human virtues," inscribed and signed by Kennedy: "To Jerry ——- —with very best regards. John Kennedy."
"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). Illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photographic plates. Later printing, without publisher's code. The first edition was published in December, 1955 with code "M-E". Bookseller ticket. Faint pen notation to dust jacket flap.
Book very nearly fine, price-clipped dust jacket with only light wear and faintest toning to extremities. A desirable inscribed copy.