First edition of Complexities and Contraries by Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, inscribed to Lyndon Johnson Special Assistant, Jack Valenti. Octavo, xii, 167pp. Brown hardcover, title in gilt on spine over brown cloth. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Light toning to endpapers, foxing to leaf ends, not affecting text. In publishers price clipped dust jacket, very good, some wear along top edge, general shelf wear. Inscribed by Senator Eugene McCarthy: “To Jack Valenti, a man of mild discontent. Gene McCarthy. June 18, 1982.”
Comments: Jack Valenti was a Special Advisor to President Lyndon Johnson from 1964-1966. His wife, Mary Margaret Valenti, was a personal secretary of Senator Johnson from 1956-1962. Jack Valenti was in Dallas in November, 1963 and can be seen in the famous photograph of President Johnson being sworn in aboard Air Force One, next to Mrs. Johnson. Jack Valenti would go on to become the President of the Motion Picture Association of America.