An inscribed limited edition of Decisions For A Decade by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Octavo, 222pp. Bound in red morocco, title in gilt on spine with decorative raised bands. Top edge gilt. Marbled end papers. Bound by The Harcourt Bindery for the personal use of Senator Edward Kennedy. Stated “First Edition” on the copyright page. There is no limitation page in this volume. (Newcomb, 239).
Inscribed by Senator Ted Kennedy: “Thanks Bob for everything, Ted Kennedy.” Additional inscription by the matriarch of the Kennedy family: “To Robert Luddington / with deep appreciation / Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.”
Robert Luddington (1924-2019) was the interior designer for the Kennedy family for over 60 years. He worked extensively with Rose Kennedy to maintain homes in Hyannis Port, Washington, Palm Beach, Boston, and New York. Known simply as “Mr. Luddington,” he was a confidant and consultant on home matters to three generations of the Kennedy household.
During the Kennedy administration, Luddington remembered: “I had the great privilege of flying from the front lawn of the house in Hyannis Port in a helicopter with the president and landing on the grounds of the White House. I had appointments with family and commitments in Washington, and Jackie suggested that I fly down with the president. So I flew to [the] Otis air force base then continued on Air Force One and landed on the White House lawn.”