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The Death Of A President

First Edition | First Printing



First edition of The Death of a President by William Manchester, inscribed to Associate Justice Byron White, who was interviewed for this book.

Octavo, xvi, 710pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, a fine example. Includes the publisher’s review card. In the publisher’s first state jacket, $10.00 retail price on front flap, two short closed tears along top edge, bright illustrations.

Signed on the half-title “To Mr. Justice White – With gratitude and admiration – Wm Manchester. 17 III 67.”

Justice Byron White (1917-2002) served as the Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy from 1961 until his appointment to the Supreme Court by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. White first met John Kennedy while studying as a Rhodes Scholar in London, and remained close until his death in 1963. During his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, White worked closely with Robert F. Kennedy on various legal and civil rights issues, and took the lead in protecting the Freedom Riders in Alabama in 1961. White was nominated by President Kennedy to fill the seat of Charles Evan Whittaker on April 2, 1962. He would serve as an Associate Justice until his retirement in 1993.

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Location Published

New York


Harper & Row


First Edition, First Printing

Date Published





Near Fine

Jacket Condition

Near Fine


Manchester | William

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William Manchester