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Memoirs by Harry S. Truman

Deluxe Limited Edition


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Signed limited edition of the Memoirs of Harry S. Truman, inscribed in both volumes to Rufus B. Burrus, a lifelong friend, family attorney, and board member of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

Thick octavo, [two volumes], xi, [1], 596pp; xi, [3], 594pp. Blue cloth, titles in gilt on spines over black labels. Top edge gilt. Both volumes appear unread. In publisher’s original acetate jackets, both fine. Gray endpapers. Housed in slipcases made specifically for this limited edition set, both inscribed by Harry Truman on the title labels, both with light shelf wear, but overall near fine.

Both volumes are inscribed on the half-title. Inscription in Volume I: “With kindest regards and with great appreciation of his public service and his life long friendship, to Rufus Burrus / from Harry S. Truman / Independence / Dec. 15, 1955.”

Inscription in Volume II: “To Hon. Rufus Burrus from Harry S. Truman. 5/5/56.”

This limited edition set is inscribed to Rufus B. Burrus (1900-1990), who was a lifelong friend, neighbor, family legal adviser, and board member of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

This limited edition set of the Memoirs of Harry S. Truman is limited to 500 unnumbered copies. They were originally meant to be released to the public as a signed limited edition set for $35.00, but President Truman had no desire to profit off his signature. In a letter to Ken McCormick of Doubleday, dated July 1, 1955, Truman comments that “I cannot possibly enter into a program which would look as if I were selling autographs instead of a book. I want the book sold on its merit.” Doubleday sent President Truman 500 copies of the deluxe set, which he inscribed to dignitaries over the years. Not all of the 500 were distributed by the president, with a few remaining unsigned copies being sold at the Truman Library.

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Location Published

Garden City


Doubleday & Company, Inc.


Deluxe Limited Edition

Date Published

1955 / 1956





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