The limited edition of Mr. President, inscribed by President Harry S. Truman to Secretary Gordon Gray.
Quarto, , 253pp, . Blue leather, title in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Light rubbing to top edges of spine. Light gray endpapers. Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell, title on spine in gilt over red morocco label. Frontispiece portrait, signed by the author. This is from a limited edition of 250 copies, signed by President Harry Truman shortly before leaving the White House.
This is number 49 of 250: “To Hon. Gordon Gray, From: The President. White House, August 10, 1952.” Additional signature below frontispiece portrait: “To a great + efficient public servant.” An excellent association copy to President Truman’s Secretary of the Army and future National Security Advisor Gordon Gray.
The recipient of this book, National Security Advisor Gordon Gray, served every president from Harry S. Truman through Gerald R. Ford. He served as the secretary of the Army under President Truman. Under President Eisenhower, Gray served as the head of the Office of Defense Mobilization and later as national security advisor. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1961 shortly before Eisenhower left office. From 1961-1976 he served on the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Gordon Gray passed away in 1982.