Inscribed to Chief Usher of the White House, J.B. West, first edition of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy by Mary Van Rensselaer Thayer.
Octavo, 127pp. Olive cloth, title stamped in gilt. Light toning to endpapers, some wear to front hinge, a very good example. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To J.B. West, the most gorgeous jaded-dandy (18th, 19th or 20th Century) I have ever known. With admiration for his encyclopedic mind and funny bone humor. Mary Van Rensselaer Thayer.”
J.B. West (1912-1983) was the 6th White House Chief Usher, serving from 1957-1969. He wrote his memoirs in 1973, titled Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies. West was succeeded as Chief Usher by Rex Scouten.