Limited edition of The American Presidents by David C. Whitney, a Christmas presentation copy to Gen. Colin Powell from President George H.W. Bush.
Octavo, xi, 562pp. Full blue leather, title stamped in gilt on spine and front cover. Includes laid-in note from The White House. Publisher’s matching blue slipcase. This copy is inscribed on a presidential bookplate: “To: Gen. Colin Powell, with great pride in your service to country. Merry Christmas 1989. George Bush.”
Colin Powell (1937-2021) served as the United States Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration, the first African American to hold the post. He also served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan (1987-1989) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-1993. Powell was discussed as a possible Republican presidential contender in 1996 and 2000, but he declined to run both times. He passed away in 2021, survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Alma Powell. Provenance: Potomac Auction House, Lot 1042, Estate of Colin Powell.