INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION OF MANCHESTER’S DEATH OF A PRESIDENT
MANCHESTER, William. The Death of a President. New York, Evanston and London: Harper & Row, (1967). Octavo, original blue cloth, chronology endpapers, original dust jacket. $1400.
First edition of the distinguished biographer’s account of President Kennedy’s assassination and its immediate aftermath, inscribed and dated in the year of publication on the half title by the author, "For Jessie Trotta, with warmest personal regards—Bill Manchester. 11 IV 67."
Manchester "used his novelist's eye to fashion meticulously researched portraits of power, among them Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill and, perhaps most famously, John F. Kennedy… It was his entree to the Kennedy family in the 'age of Camelot' and, ultimately, the tragic end to Kennedy's term of office that brought Manchester his greatest visibility… [The Death of a President] became a best seller and later was given the Dag Hammarskjold International Literary Prize" (New York Times). With "First Edition" on copyright page. With 20-page transcript of Manchester's February 12, 1967, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press laid in.
Text clean, mild discoloration to cloth, especially at edges. Dust jacket bright and very nearly fine.